The Casa de Machado y Stewart is the former residence of Jose Manuel Machado. The house was passed down to Machado's daughter Rosa in 1845 when she married Jack Stewart. The Stewart family continued to occupy the home until the mid-1960's. The adobe style home features an elaborate garden in back that is still an attraction for those visiting Old Town San Diego. The home is located in the city's Historic Park and features a variety of early-American and Mexican artifacts. A tour of the home is an important part of a trip to Old Town San Diego, the location where the city began. The town was originally occupied by settlers and retired soldiers. This is one of the most popular areas of San Diego and tourists usually spend at least a day exploring the shops, historic homes, and museums of the area. It was officially designated an historic park in 1968. Casa de Machado y Stewart is one of three historic homes to have undergone restoration. The area is filled with history and culture, as well as a variety of shops and more than two dozen restaurants. Many of these establishments serve authentic local cuisine. The area is a popular destination in the evening for live entertainment, and there are regularly festivals and community events held in Old Town.