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Experience the picturesque carpenter-gothic Stow Family home on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm.  In 1871, William Whitney Stow purchased 1042 acres of fertile Goleta Valley land for twenty-eight thousand dollars for his son Sherman, who along with his wife Ida Hollister would develop the ranch.  His son Edgar Stow, a prominent agriculturist and ranch owner became known internationally for his research in improving the productivity of agriculture, especially citrus.

Experience the picturesque carpenter-gothic Stow Family home on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm. In 1871, William Whitney Stow purchased 1042 acres of fertile Goleta Valley land for twenty-eight thousand dollars for his son Sherman, who along with his wife Ida Hollister would develop the ranch. His son Edgar Stow, a prominent agriculturist and ranch owner became known internationally for his research in improving the productivity of agriculture, especially citrus.

The South Coast Railroad Museum, in Goleta, CA

The South Coast Railroad Museum in Goleta, California, focuses on the history, technology, and adventure of railroading.

Barnsdall Rio Grande Gas Station, Goleta

For a little bit of roadside history in Goleta, check out the

Goleta Depot. Landmark #22. 300 N. Los Carneros Road, Goleta. Built 1901. Closed and boarded up 1973. Opened as a museum in 1982.

Goleta Depot History and Architecture

Stow House was built in 1873

Stow House, where I got married.

South Coast Railroad Museum ~ Goleta Depot was built in 1901 by the Southern Pacific Railroad and is now a museum (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) that definitely caters to young kids with a miniature train to ride on and an elaborate model railroad. It's also next to the Rancho La Patera and Stow House (a museum dedicated to life in the area in the 1870s).

South Coast Railroad Museum - Goleta, CA

Visiting an urban farm in Goleta, CA

Fairview Gardens: Goleta’s Urban Farm

Sandpiper Golf Course - Goleta, CA

Sandpiper Golf Course - Goleta, CA

Save the Ellwood Gas Station - History - Santa Barbara Edhat

Goleta Man Driving Campaign to Save Historic Gas Station on Hollister Avenue

Stow House in Santa Barbara County, California

The Stow House — in Goleta, Santa Barbara County, California. Carpenter Gothic style house — present day historic house museum. On the National Register of Historic Places.

Not very pretty but I love the Goleta Valley Branch Public Library

Not very pretty but I love the Goleta Valley Branch Public Library

Avoiding the urban sprawl of other southern California cities, Goleta is an less expensive alternative to its easterly neighbor Santa Barbara

Goleta Day Trip Things To Do Attractions

Avoiding the urban sprawl of other southern California cities, Goleta is an less expensive alternative to its easterly neighbor Santa Barbara.

Stow House, Goleta, Santa Barbara California

The beautifully ornate Stow House provides the backdrop for a large shaded area with a nearby lake and has beautiful spacious lawns and event areas.

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