Rancho La Patera & Stow House was purchased by William Whitney Stow, legal counsel for the Southern Pacific Railroad, for his son, Sherman Stow in 1871. The fertile Goleta Valley land created bountiful orchards and gardens of almond, walnut, and lemon trees. The ranch stayed in the Stow (and later Van Horne) family until the 1960s. A portion of the property, La Patera Rancho, still operates as one of Goleta Valley’s most productive ranches.
Experience the historic Rancho La Patera & Stow House by walking through the gardens, taking a guided tour of the Stow House, exploring the Visitor Interpretive Center, and by hands-on exhibits in the History Education Center.