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Ventura Historic Sites

Pick up a complimentary Historic Downtown Walking Tour Guide at the Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau, 101 S. California Street, Downtown Ventura, visit http://venturahistoricpark.org; or make a selection from the dropdown to learn more about Ventura's historical sites:

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Albinger Archeological Museum
Albinger Archeological Museum
113 E. Main St.
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: 805-648-5823

Temporarily Closed. Watch an amazing 3,500 years of history unfold before your eyes at the fascinating Albinger Museum. Exhibits include stone rel...

 
Camarillo Ranch House
Camarillo Ranch House
201 Camarillo Ranch Rd.
Camarillo, CA 93010
Phone: 805-389-8182

Museum - Events Center & Gift Shop. Discover a Community's Roots at the Historic Camarillo Ranch. Operated by the Camarillo Ranch Foundation and...

Camino Real Naturalists and Historical Interpreters
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Camino Real Naturalists and Historical Interpreters

Ventura, CA
Phone: 805-643-2504
http://www.caminorealhistorical.com

Guided tours for groups...

 
China Alley
200 Block E. Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

In the early 1880’s, a flourishing Chinese settlement made up of merchants, laborers, and families settled in an area along Figueroa Street between Ma...

Dudley House Museum
Corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista Streets
Ventura, CA 93003
Phone: (805) 642-3345
Fax: 805-644-3286
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http://www.dudleyhouse.org

Built in 1892 by B.W. Dudley, the Dudley House depicts a Ventura County farmhouse and the lives of the Dudley family from 1892 to 1930. One of the few...

 
El Jardin Patio
451 - 461 E. Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

The El Jardin (Garden) Patio building was designed as one of the earliest outdoor malls in Southern California. The shopping court was very popular in...

Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital
Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital
121 N. Fir Street
Ventura, CA 93001
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Opened on January 1, 1902, by brothers Senator Thomas R. Bard and Dr. Cephas Little Bard as a memorial to their mother, the Elizabeth Bard Memorial Ho...

 
Erle Stanley Gardner Building
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Erle Stanley Gardner Building
California & Main St.
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: 805-667-2114
Fax: 805-667-2114
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http://www.richmantrust.com

"Birthplace of Perry Mason"...

Father Serra Statue
Father Serra Statue
500 Poli Street
Ventura, CA 93001

This bronze statue was designed by John Palo-Kanges and represents an idealized image of Father Junipero Serra, the founder of Mission San Buenaventur...

 
Figueroa Plaza
Figueroa Street
Ventura, CA 93001

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J. Comstock Fire Museum
J. Comstock Fire Museum
Figueroa Plaza, Figueroa and Santa Clara streets
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: 805-648-2075

A tribute to an earlier era of firefighting, the J. Comstock Fire Museum provides a window exhibit into the past, with displays of equipment and histo...

 
Judge Ewing Residence
Judge Ewing Residence
605 Poli Street
Ventura, CA 93001

This house was built in 1894 for Judge Felix Ewing, then the only judge in Ventura County. It was built in the popular Queen Anne style. The large...

Mitchell Block
Thompson Blvd., Across from Plaza Park
Ventura, CA 93001
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Landmark Number 7: Conklin Residence 608 E. Thompson Blvd. (Mitchell Block) Originally built in 1877 by Dr. Solomon Leander Stuart, a dentist, whos...

 
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY
100 E. Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: 805-653-0323
Fax: 805-653-5267
e-mail
http://www.venturamuseum.org

Fascinating exhibits, programs and special events. Especially notable are the George Stuart Historical Figures ®, quarter-life-size figures from hist...

Olivas Adobe Historical Park
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Olivas Adobe Historical Park
4200 Olivas Park Dr.
Ventura, CA 93003
Phone: 805-644-4346
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http://www.olivasadobe.org

Raymundo Olivas, recipient of a land-grant rancho from Mexican governor Juan Alvarado, built the Olivas Adobe. Once a social hub of the Santa Clara R...

 
Ortega Adobe
215 W. Main St.
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: 805-658-4726
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The Ortega Adobe was built in 1857 and is know as the birthplace of Ortega Famous Green Chilies. The landmark adobe typifies homes that lined Main St...

PATAGONIA - Great Pacific Ironworks
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PATAGONIA - Great Pacific Ironworks
235 W. Santa Clara St.
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: (805) 643-6074
Fax: 805-652-0795
http://www.patagonia.com

Originally housed the Hobson Brother's Meat Packing Business, which was established in the 1870's. Currently owned and operated by Patagonia. ...

 
Peirano Residence
107 South Figueroa Street
Ventura, CA 93001

House located at the southwest corner of Figueroa and Santa Clara Streets. Built in 1897 by the Peirano family and in constant use by the family unt...

Post Office Murals
675 E. Santa Clara Street
Ventura, CA 93001

Located in the Post Office at 675 E. Santa Clara Street, the murals were painted by Gordon Grant in 1936-37. ...

 
San Buenaventura City Hall
501 Poli St.
Ventura, CA 93002
Phone: 805-654-7850
www.cityofventura.net

Doric columns, marble floors, a domed stained-glass ceiling, a sweeping main stairway, and the faces of 24 terra cotta friars are just a few of the sp...

San Buenaventura Conservancy
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San Buenaventura Conservancy
P.O Box 23263
Ventura, CA 93002
Tollfree: 800.701.7237
http://www.sbconservancy.org/landmarks.htm

The Mission of the San Buenaventura Conservancy is to work through advocacy and outreach to recognize preserve and revitalize the irreplaceable histor...

 
San Buenaventura Mission
211 E. Main St.
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: (805) 643-4318
Fax: (805) 643-7831
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http://www.sanbuenaventuramission.org/

Founded in 1782, Mission San Buenaventura, was the ninth of California's 21 missions and the last to be established by Father Junipero Serra. Destroye...

Self-Guided Historic Walking Tour Brochures
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Self-Guided Historic Walking Tour Brochures
101 S. California St.
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: 805-648-2075
e-mail
http://www.ventura-usa.com

Pick up a complimentary Historic Walking Tour Guide at the Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau, 101 S. California Street, Downtown Ventura....

 
Selwin Shaw Historic District
Selwin Shaw Historic District
140 N Ann
Ventura, CA 93001

Historic Landmarks: 46,50 & 62 #46 Selwyn Shaw House, 140 N. Ann Street The William Suyter house is one of three landmarks located in the Selwyn S...

Serra Cross Park at Grant Park
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Serra Cross Park at Grant Park
Ferro Drive
Ventura, CA 93001
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http://www.grantparkcross.org

Offers a spectacular view of the City, the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands. In 1782, Franciscan Father Junipero Serra raised a wooden cross on t...

 
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Mission San Buenaventura  

Mission San Buenaventura

More than 1,500 years ago, Ventura began as the Chumash Village Shisholop. It takes its modern name from Mission San Buenaventura, founded by Franciscan friars under the Spanish crown in 1782. After a brief period of Mexican rule, Ventura became a bustling frontier town following California statehood in 1850. The discovery of oil hastened the area's growth, and by 1925, the Ventura Avenue oil field was among the most productive in the nation. The Perry Mason novels by Erle Stanley Gardner, a young Ventura lawyer, gained worldwide popularity in the 1950s.

As you explore the downtown or tour the scenic back-country, you'll find much of the area's history still evident in its traditional buildings and landscape.

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