Rancho La Patera & Stow House, Goleta

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Discover Rancho La Patera~

Education. Preservation. Community.

~ Visit Rancho La Patera ~

The Visitor Center and Cavalletto History Education Center is open Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 - 4:00 pm and by appointment.

Guided tours of the Stow House are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 and 3:00. Private tours are also available by appointment.

Tours available for groups and children of all ages.

Our Education Program:

"Pioneer Days" (local 3rd grade classes). Children have the opportunity to learn and experience ranch life as it was in the early 1900s.

The Venue:

The gardens are available for public and private events such as weddings, corporate events, concerts and more.

About us:

The Goleta Valley Historical Society acts as steward of historic center of "La Patera Rancho." The nonprofit organization manages and preserves Rancho La Patera, the remaining five acres including the Stow House (1873).

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
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  • We visit the property regularly. There are free summer concerts here on Tuesday nights which are great. We love walking through the property and even had our wedding here. Don’t miss walking around...  more »
  • If you are looking for good, old fashioned outdoor activities for your kids, this is the perfect place. Easy walking trails abound, an elevated path over a marsh, great bird watching, an historic...  more »
  • Experience the beauty and grace that was possible during the start of the country. Before electricity, before plumbing, there were chamber pots and bed warmers, each have inherent disadvantages. Everything handmade is made slowly and is well designed. Cause it's time - dependent, can't afford to waste time on anything less than fabulous. Luckily , a lot has been saved and collated by the GVHS and it's open to the public for four hours a week and the occasion holiday. The grounds and gardens are always open during daylight hours!
  • What a fantastic museum to show part of the lifestyle of early Goleta. We love the house tour. You can walk the beautiful grounds and see incredible flora and fauna. Walk to the lake and see ducks and all sorts of wildlife. On the 4th of July they have a great festival. The train museum is right next door. Great adventure for kids and adults alike!

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