A little history of the Joaquin Moraga Adobe

Don Joaquin Moraga, grandson of Jose Joaquin Moraga, an early Spanish explorer in California who founded the city of San Jose, in 1841, Moraga settled on a piece of property overlooking the southern section of Orinda, near the present-day Orinda-Moraga city line. He built a three-room adobe house, where his family lived for many years.

In 1941, the adobe was restored and expanded, with the addition of modern wood-framed bedrooms in the rear, and the adobe walls were covered. The adobe and the additions were renovated again in the 1960s.

The Moraga Adobe was recognized as a historical landmark by the state of California in 1954 and by the city of Orinda in 1995, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

-- Information from the Friends of the Joaquin Moraga Adobe