Join us at DANA Adobe & Cultural Center for the Captain’s Birthday Party!


Saturday, May 7th,  5 PM


Enchilada Dinner $22.50 | Drinks for Purchase


Spanish Guitarist Victor Valencia


Prize Piñatas – filled with all kinds of fun give-aways from DANA Adobe & Cultural Center


William Goodwin Dana was born on May 5th, and this May 5th we are celebrating by visiting his gravesite.  We’ll be laying flowers on the grave, having a speech and some traditional singing.


Thursday, May 5th, 11 AM

Old San Luis Obispo Cemetery

The Captain was born in Boston in 1797.  He and his sister were quickly orphaned, and young William was parentless by the time he was 9 years old.

As an adult, William Goodwin was a sea captain, and visited lands all over the globe.  He stopped in the Sandwich Islands before settling on the Dana Adobe property in 1825.  He married Maria Josefa, with whom he had 21 children (13 of them lived to adulthood).  He is also the cousin of the famed Richard Henry Dana, after whom Dana Point is named.

There are several excellent biographies on Captain William Goodwin Dana that can help you learn more about him, his family, and his contributions to California.

William Goodwin Dana, Pioneer Californian, A New World, A New Life

Blond Ranchero

To Discourage Me Is No Easy Matter- The Life of California Pioneer William Goodwin Dana

Join us for the Captain’s Birthday Party!

We can’t wait to see you!