Sanchez raised cattle for the hide-and-tallow trade. When ships came to California, Sanchez could trade his hides for manufactured items. Known as the “California Dollar,” hides could be made into clothes, shoes, and saddles. Tallow or cow fat was made into soap and candles.
The Sanchez Adobe provides visitors with a look into different periods of local history. Take a walk on the grounds and see native plants. The village of Pruristac was located on the site. View the location of the original farm buildings. The support farm San Pedro y San Pablo sent supplies to Mission Dolores. Explore the Sanchez family’s adobe home, the second oldest building in San Mateo County. Discover what items were uncovered during archaeological digs. See some of the items from the adobe’s time as a hotel and speakeasy.