Hubert H. Bancroft Ranch House

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Hubert H. Bancroft Ranchhouse
Bancroft Ranch House.jpg
The house in 2007
Location Bancroft Dr. off CA 94, Spring Valley, California
Coordinates 32°44′11″N 116°59′18″W / 32.73639°N 116.98833°W / 32.73639; -116.98833Coordinates: 32°44′11″N 116°59′18″W / 32.73639°N 116.98833°W / 32.73639; -116.98833
Built 1856
NRHP reference # 66000227
CHISL # 626
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[2]
Designated NHL December 29, 1962[3]
Designated CHISL 1958[1]

Hubert H. Bancroft Ranch House is a historic structure in Spring Valley, California. The property also contains a natural spring, named El aguaje de San Jorge (St. George's Spring) by the Spanish, after which the community of Spring Valley is named.[4]

It is the first Anglo-American structure in Spring Valley and was built by Augustus Ensworth in 1856 out of timbers salvaged from a shipwreck in San Diego Bay. Upon Enworth's death, the property was sold in 1865 to Rufus King Porter, son of the founder of Scientific American. Porter added a kitchen, a dining room, and two bedrooms. He later sold the property to historian Hubert Howe Bancroft in 1885. Bancroft built a more comfortable home up the hill from the adobe ranch house and a rock school house for his children, now located across the street.

The building is now a museum and storehouse for artifacts of Spring Valley history. The property was registered as a California Historical Landmark in 1958,[1] and then declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962.[3][5]


  1. ^ a b "Bancroft Ranch House". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ a b "Hubert H. Bancroft Ranch House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  4. ^ Ken Kramer's About San Diego, KPBS-TV, 2010
  5. ^ Snell, Charles; McKitham, Cecil (July 1978). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form: Bancroft Ranch House" (PDF). National Park Service.  With accompanying 2 photos

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