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Olivas Adobe, Ventura

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Olivas Adobe in Ventura, California is an adobe structure built in 1841 by Raymundo Olivas on the north bank of the Santa Clara River about a mile from the estuary where it flows into the Santa Barbara Channel.
Olivas received, in recognition of his service at the Presidio of Santa Barbara, approximately 2,250 acres (9 km2) as part of land grant from Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado in 1841, which he named Rancho San Miguel. The land had originally been part of grazing area for the cattle herds of Mission San Buenaventura but was appropriated during the secularization of the missions lands.

Olivas built the adobe home in 1841, and expanded it in 1849 to two stories, making it the only such building in the area. He and his wife and their 21 children lived here until 1899. It later became Max Fleischmann's hunting lodge (of yeast and margarine fame). After his death, his foundation donated the land and the house to the City of Ventura.
The Olivas Adobe is registered as California Historical Landmark #115 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
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  • This is a historical place in Ventura County - one of the original homes. The docent will give you a interesting tour and explain the interesting history of this structure and the surrounding...  more »
  • Lovely area to visit. Not many people the day we went. They have helpful staff in the gift shop to direct you. You can do a self-guided tour for free, or buy a booklet with more detail for $2 or...  more »
  • It was Great.. Had fun on the history lesson given by Ernie, whom ran our tour.. Full information and very calm to all people. Wish I could do it again soon...😇
  • Very very very far! Lol I'm a school bus driver and the Private school I drive for went to this park on Tuesday. The drive was pretty good not too much traffic but it was extremely far! Was a good breezy day just the right temperature. Very nice park
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