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Coffee With Joan

Joan Sullivan is a Artist, Historian & Author. She is a classically trained artist who discovered a love of history through painting who produced “Picture the Past,” a monthly show featuring local ranches and other areas of historical interest which aired locally for over 10 years. Find out more at

September 11, 2020

Joan Sullivan stands in front of the two-story Warren adobe in 2020 holding a watercolor she painted of the building in 1979. Photo by Gail Johnson

One Sunday afternoon in August my daughter, Gail , and I decided to venture out and sightsee along the coast. We drove north and then along Villa Creek Road in Cayucos. I wanted to see if we could locate the old Will Warren ranch with a two-story adobe on it. I had the pleasure of visiting the ranch with the Thursday Painters in 1978.

Lo and behold there it was about two miles inland, but we could barely see the adobe through the thicket. We were unable to drive closer to see who might be living in it. At the time the Thursday Painters met to paint on the ranch, Mr. Warren said his adobe house was once the headquarters for the San Geronimo Ranch that was granted to Rafael Villavicencio by Governor Alvarado on July 24, 1845.

It was a very historic ranch indeed and seeing it again brought back many good memories of our visit more than 40 years earlier.

Rounding Up The Ranches
By Joan Sullivan 2015

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