Olivas Adobe

Olivas Adobe, Ventura: Hours, Address, Olivas Adobe Reviews: 4.5/5

Olivas Adobe
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Carlin35
Oxnard, CA115 contributions
A vist to the Olivas Adobe
Oct 2019
This is a historical place in Ventura County - one of the original homes. The docent will give you a interesting tour and explain the interesting history of this structure and the surrounding grounds. Free parking. I found the gardens to a interesting - the various plants used for different purposes and medicine. Don't miss the garden tour.
Written November 6, 2019
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SMGrandma
Santa Maria, CA786 contributions
Interesting to Visit
Oct 2019
Lovely area to visit. Not many people the day we went. They have helpful staff in the gift shop to direct you. You can do a self-guided tour for free, or buy a booklet with more detail for $2 or pay for a docent-led tour. We did the self-guided since we wanted to move at our own pace and take lots of pictures. They have a small museum next to the gift shop. There's a beautiful rose garden, too. The two-story Olivas Adobe is furnished with period furniture and accessories. Large courtyard outside the adobe where they happened to be setting up for a wedding the day we were there. Garden area in front of the adobe, too.
Written October 30, 2019
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Robert G
Thousand Oaks, United States145 contributions
A delightful venue for shows
Jul 2019 • Friends
We went to a wonderful country western musical event here on a Saturday evening. There is a limited parking area by the adobe, but you can also use the parking facility by the adjectent golf course and it is a short walk to the adobe. No problem for those with difficulties walking. There is a beautiful arrangement of rose bushes as we entered the facility. We entered through the adobe gate and went directly into a large courtyard where the event was to take place. There was a stage set up with appropriate lighting and speakers. Tables were reserved in advance and we had to find a vacant area to place our folding chairs. Viewing the raised stage was no problem. The weather was cooperative, but as the sun began to set, it really became cool, so dress appropriately and keep thsi in mind. The band and the line dancing was delightful and the sold out event made this event all the more special. Overall, it was a terrific evening and a wonderful backdrop for this performance.
Written July 29, 2019
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VtaTraveler
Ventura, CA286 contributions
Nice Historical Site
Dec 2018 • Family
The Olivas Adobe is a great place to see what life was like in Old California. The docents are very knowledgeable, and if you can get a spot on their Christmas tour, it's fantastic. Beautiful grounds too. Parking is plentiful, and it's a bargain at $5 for adults, $3 for children and seniors.
Written July 23, 2019
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retalau1
Ventura, CA21 contributions
Step back in time when the Adobe was the gathering place!
Jun 2018 • Friends
The docents are dressed in authentic clothing of the period and are very knowlegible of the everyday workings at the Adobe. Rooms are full of antiques usually found from that area and culture. It is peaceful and beautiful walking the grounds. There are stories told of ghost sightings too, even with specific speakers on that subject certain dates and times of the year..
Written May 21, 2019
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RandJ1121
Saint Paul, MN40 contributions
Cool window into SoCal history
Jan 2019 • Friends
You can drive by this historic site and never notice it. It is the well-preserved Adobe ranchouse from a 1847 Mexican land grant that included most all of the present City of Ventura (about 5000 acres).
It was well worth the stop and so interesting. Docents give running tours on the weekends and the cost is nominal.
The original family - that of a retired Mexican Army officer raised 21 children here. The ranch supplied beef to feed the cold rush.
Later it became a hunting lodge for the Fleischmann’s - of yeast and margarine fame.
Highly recommended.
Written January 20, 2019
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hitch
Ventura, CA192 contributions
Enjoyed It
Aug 2018 • Friends
Anyone interested in the history of Southern California would enjoy the adobe. It retains its Spanish Colonial architecture and many rooms have been restored. The docents were very knowledgeable. The stories are interesting and are part of the country's history.
Written January 15, 2019
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N4595KRricharde
Fort Myers Beach, FL217 contributions
Olivas Adobe House
Oct 2018 • Solo
After receiving a land grant from the Spanish/Mexican in 1841, Raymundo Olivas established a ranch near the Santa Clara River. Olivas had received the grant after retiring from military service. It was there that he married and started a family, siring 21 children, 20 of which survived into adulthood.

This home is unique because its a two story adobe house made of thousands and thousands of hand-made adobe bricks. It was built mainly for security as back in 1841 there were bandits roaming the land, and so its entrance faces an enclosed courtyard with a main entrance containing a mission bell, and high walls. Later the house was purchased in the 1920's by Max Fleishmann who did some remodeling to the structure, and turned it into a hunting lodge.

Today its owned by Ventura, CA and maintained in largely the same condition that Max Fleishmann left it in. Some period furnishings have been replaced in the structure to bring authenticity to what it was like when Sr. Olivas and family lived there.

This is a two hour tour. Well worth the trip. There is no charge to go there, but if you like you can receive a guided tour. There is a gift shop with reasonably priced souvenirs and books about the home and the history of the Olivas family.

This is also a place used as an event venue as well, sometimes they have weddings and other events there.

Either way, its well worth a visit. Its family friendly and if you go there you won't be disappointed. It may not look like much but if you read up on the history you can appreciate it a lot more.
Written October 21, 2018
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sfborn722
Sacramento, CA13 contributions
Historical Land Mark No. 1
Aug 2018 • Family
We were driving around and saw the sign for Olivas Adobe. It is a 2 story Montery Style adobe built between 1847-1852 by a prominent cattle and sheep rancher, Don Raymundo Olivas.
Written August 10, 2018
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AnnArborMiBob
Ann Arbor, MI1,702 contributions
Lots of history here, beginning in 1841
Nov 2017 • Couples
My wife and I have toured this historical adobe, now a historical park, in the past. We were initially sad to arrive and learn that on this day the adobe was closed in preparation for a wedding, but the staff said for us to go ahead and tour it, only requesting that we stay out of the way of the preparations. Thanks much, folks!

The land for this adobe was obtained by Raymundo Olivas and a partner (who later sold his portion) in 1841, seven years before California was ceded to the U.S. The hacienda itself was constructed in 1847. Various buildings on the land grant later fell into disrepair, including the hacienda, but they were restored by a new owner in 1927 for use of the facilities as a hunting lodge, and then made into an historic park in 1974. All of this is told in much greater detail by interpretive signs on the grounds.

There is a small museum and beautiful garden on the property. Admission is free, and it is well worth your time to stop and see this piece of California history.
Written July 8, 2018
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM