The Stow House, Goleta, CA
|Location||304 N. Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, California|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architectural style||Gothic Revival, Italianate|
|NRHP reference #||00001166|
|Added to NRHP||September 28, 2000|
The Stow House is a U.S. historical landmark in Goleta, California. Formerly the headquarters of Rancho La Patera, the Stow House, in the Carpenter Gothic style, is now the headquarters of Goleta Historical Society which preserves and interprets the history of the Goleta Valley.
The Stow House was once the headquarters of Rancho La Patera, on the original Rancho La Goleta. In 1871, William Whitney Stow, a legal counsel for Southern Pacific Railroad in San Francisco, purchased 1,043 acres (4.22 km2) costing $28,677 for his son, Sherman P. Stow. Sherman Stow built a Carpenter Gothic Victorian 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. The house was occupied by three generations of Stow descendants.
In 1875, 3,000 lemon trees were planted in the first commercial lemon orchard planting in California. Goleta's earliest commercial irrigation also took place on the ranch, and you can still visit 'Lake Los Carneros', the pond created by the Stows. Sherman Stow's son, state senator Edgar Whitney Stow, set up a research laboratory at the ranch and developed disease resistant lemon rootstock of great value to local growers.
Visiting Stow House
The house museum displays family photographs and furniture, with stories of Sherman and Ida Stow and their descendants.
Stow House is open for public viewing on Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00-4:00 pm. Tours can also be made by appointment.
The Stow House is located on Los Carneros in Goleta. From the 101 exit on Los Carneros, which is about 10 miles (16 km) west of Santa Barbara. At the top of the ramp, turn towards the mountains. If you continue past Calle Real, you will find the parking lot to your right.
The Stow House is located next to Lake Los Carneros with walking trails and bird watching, Goleta Depot at the South Coast Railroad Museum, and other points of interest in Goleta. Wildlife including coyotes and bobcats have been observed from the trails.
- Stow House - Goleta Valley Historical Society official site