Rancho La Patera & Stow House
304 N. Los Carneros Rd.
Goleta, CA  93117
(805) 681-7216 (Phone)   |   (805) 681-7216 (Toll Free)   |   (805) 681-7217 (Fax)
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   Built in 1872, Stow House is one of the oldest landmarks in the Goleta Valley. Today, it is a historic house museum that teaches visitors about ranch life, architectural history, and the Stow family.
    It was once the headquarters of Rancho La Patera. In 1871, William Whitney Stow, a legal counsel for Southern Pacific Railroad in San Francisco, purchased 1,043 acres costing $28,677 for his son, Sherman P. Stow. Sherman Stow built a Gothic Revival home on the site and moved into the house with his bride, Ida G. Hollister, in 1873. The family expanded the house in two major renovations in the 1880s and 1910s. You can visit the house, see family photographs and furniture, and hear the stories of Sherman and Ida and their descendants.
    In 1875, 3,000 lemon trees were planted in the first commercial lemon planting in California. Goleta's earliest commercial irrigation also took place on the ranch, and you can still visit "Lake Los Carneros," the pond created by the Stows. Sherman Stow's son, state senator Edgar Whitney Stow, set up a research laboratory at the ranch and developed disease resistant lemon rootstock of great value to local ranchers. The house was occupied by three generations of Stow descendants.
    Today, Rancho La Patera is open for public viewing on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. (Tours begin at 2 & 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Special weekday and school tours are available by appointment.) The Stow House, Visitor Center and History Education Center are open every weekend except for major holidays. Suggested Admission is $8 for Adults and free for children under 12.

Museum Category:

Business Categories:
    Historical Museum,    Museums/Attractions/Historic,

Business Hours:
    1 - 4 PM (Sat & Sun)

Admission Pricing:
    Donation: $8 per adult, supervised children under 12 free.

Payment Accepted:
    Cash,   Check,   MasterCard,   Visa,  

    During normal business hours

Location Type:
    Historic Site

Languages Spoken:

    Indoor/Outdoor Location

Parking On-Site?
    Yes   --   Lot next to Stow House & South Coast Railroad Museum.

Handicapped Accessible?
    Some restrictions

    Some restrictions

Cell Phones?
    Some restrictions

Cameras/Recording Equip.?
    Some restrictions

Pets Allowed?
    Some restrictions

Guided Tours?


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