Goleta Valley Historical Society invites you to experience a historic ranch preserved for our community.

Step Back In Time

The story of the Stows began in 1873

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Our Mission

To collect, preserve, interpret and foster research of Goleta Valley’s history through exhibits, programs, and stewardship of the historic Rancho La Patera, home to the Stow family.

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Family friendly!

A peaceful refuge in the heart of Goleta

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Your History

Explore the fascinating story of our Goleta Valley and the agriculture and ancestry that defines us today.

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A Gathering Place

The Ranch is place to gather and celebrate the life, the land and the love of the "Goodland."

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Explore the gardens and preserved buildings, and truly enjoy the ambience of Rancho La Patera.

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Get Involved

Find out more about how you can help us preserve this special piece of history!

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Weddings & Events

A beautiful place to make history. The gardens of the Ranch are the perfect setting for your next event.

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Upcoming Events

Check out what we are doing to make this a historic gathering place for our community to cherish.

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Shop Goleta!

Our Museum Store features local gifts, historical books, Goodland memorabilia, and old-fashioned toys.

Goleta Valley Historical Society had a modest beginning – a dream to “collect and promote our unique history.” This is the mission of the Society, which in 1967 assumed stewardship of one of our community’s most significant and treasured landmarks – the headquarters of historic Rancho La Patera and home of the pioneering Stow family. Rancho La Patera has become the focal point of Goleta Valley’s rich and ethnically diverse history for the thousands of visitors that tour annually. This landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers a rare opportunity to experience what life was like here during the early twentieth century.