Stow House Guided Tour

View hands-on exhibits and more. Hosted by the Goleta Valley Historical Society.


  • Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Event is ongoing: Indefinitely

Where: Stow House, 304 N. Los Carneros Rd. , Goleta

Cost: $8

Age limit: Not available

Phone: 805-681-7216


Description: According to Goleta Historical Society: "[The Stow House] 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.

Goleta Valley Historical Society invites you to take a guided tour of the Stow House, experience an overview in the Visitor Center, and enjoy hands-on exhibits in the new Cavaletto History Education Center. Visit Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 - 4:00 pm. $8 Adults, Children under 12 are free. 304 North Los Carneros, Goleta, 681-7216

Event posted Dec. 5, 2006
Last updated April 16, 2011

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