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“Local History”

Rancho La Patera & Stow House
Ranked #6 of 31 things to do in Goleta
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Owner description: aka Stow House or Rancho La Patera
Santa barbara, CA
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Local History”
Reviewed April 15, 2012

Lovely unspoiled area. Historic house (check for tour times); music concerts during the summer and great walking route around Lake Los Carneros, a favorite birding spot.

Visited October 2011
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Ventura, California
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“Wonderful Preserved Historical Site”
Reviewed March 10, 2012

Rancho La Patera is a great place to see what life might have been like for the well-to-do in rural Central California in bygone days. This house is beautifully preserved/restored to its original grandeur, and tours are offered on weekends (and other times by arrangement, I believe). The knowledgeable docent gave a good tour of the house. Tickets were very reasonable. If one doesn't wish to tour the house, admission to the grounds is free (although donations are gratefully accepted) and includes a good exhibit of antique farm machinery and the original blacksmith shop of Jim Smith, who was the village blacksmith for Goleta in the early 20th century. It was a little difficult corraling our 16-month-old granddaughter, but the docent was very patient. This is also a popular site for weddings, so you might chance upon one if you visit on a weekend. If you're in the area, don't miss a visit to the Stow Grove park, just a few blocks away, at 580 La Patera Lane, Goleta, where you can wander through a grove of coastal redwoods planted by the Stow family, a truly unique find in this area of the central coast.

Visited September 2011
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