Drakes Bay Historic & Archeological District National Historic Landmark Dedication Ceremony

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10/22/2016 11:00 AM
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View of Drakes Harbor and the mouth of Drakes Estero from abandoned Drakes Beach Trail. April 22, 2013.

Point Reyes National Seashore cordially invites you to attend the Drakes Bay Historic & Archeological District National Historic Landmark Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

  • Dedication: 11 am to 12 pm at Limantour Beach (Directions from Bear Valley Visitor Center)
  • Parking: Limantour Beach Parking Lot, overflow parking at the Muddy Hollow Turnout near the Hostel
  • Reception: 12 pm to 4 pm in the Red Barn Classroom at Bear Valley. (Directions)
  • Films: 2 pm to 3:30 pm in the Bear Valley Visitor Center
    • The San Agustin: California Shipwreck
    • Conquest of the Seven Seas: Sir Francis Drake

The dedication program will feature speakers and an unveiling of the National Historic Landmark plaque. The site provides a spectacular view of the remarkably unchanged Drakes Bay landscape, designated as a Landmark in 2012 and protected in perpetuity within Point Reyes National Seashore. Following the Dedication, the reception will feature artwork from Coast Miwok artists and historic images related to the landmark. Learn more at the reception's informational tables from representatives of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, NPS, and Drake Navigators Guild. Light refreshments and beverages served courtesy of Point Reyes National Seashore Association.

Currently scheduled speakers include:

In the last quarter of the 16th century, the Coast Miwok people of Point Reyes met the first Europeans to land on the shores of Drakes Bay. Englishman Francis Drake and his crew most likely camped on these shores for six weeks while repairing the Golden Hind in 1579. Sixteen years later, a storm grounded and sank the Manila galleon, the San Agustin, in the bay, while her Spanish captain, Sebastião Rodrigues Soromenho (Sebastián Rodríguez Cermeño in Spanish), and his men watched helplessly from the shore.

Join the National Park Service as we remember the significance of these encounters and what they mean to different cultural groups today in understanding our shared history.

Limantour Beach

11:00 AM

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Carola DeRooy

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1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


(415) 464-5100
This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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