Olivas Adobe



Public invited to free Civil War talk on July 6 at the Olivas Adobe

Members of the public are invited to attend the Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters (OAHI) general meeting at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, July 6, at the Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive in Ventura, to hear about OAHI activities, and the “Native California Cavalry and its activities and impact during and after the Civil War” by the featured speaker, Museum of Ventura County Director of Education & Outreach Megan Gately.

“Hear about local Union soldiers and their triumphs and tragedies during the mid-1800s. Learn about the California Column, the Civil War’s most Western battle and the shock waves from the East Coast felt out here in the West,” says Ms. Gately. Along with stories from the Civil War, she will present artifacts from the museum’s collections. A social hour with snacks begins at 5:30 pm with the presentation at 6 pm.

Megan Gately has a bachelor’s degree in Education and History from the University of Arizona, and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership & Policy from Arizona State University. She has worked extensively with historians and educators at the Arizona Historical Society and the Minnesota Historical Society. She also served as the founding director of education and outreach at the Museum of the Horse Soldier in Tucson, AZ. Megan has returned to her native Southern California—she is originally from Solvang and went high school in Thousand Oaks—to continue her career in museum education at the Museum of Ventura County, which is celebrating 103 years serving the community.

“The OAHI offers weekend training programs to become a docent at the Olivas Adobe, dress in period costumes and share the multi-cultural history of this landmark site through school field trips, weekend tours and special events,” says OAHI President Rose Burtchby.

For more information contact City of Ventura Historic Sites Coordinator Gina Reyes at 805.658.4728 or greyes@cityofventura.net; Museum of Ventura County Director of Education & Outreach Megan Gately at mgately@venturamuseum.org or 805.653.0323 x300; or OAHI President Rose Burtchby at roseburtchby1@yahoo.com or 805.861.4562.

Help Us Restore Priceless Art

The Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters are having the 25 Marguerite Hardeman Historical Murals restored to their full splendor. The Interpreters need matched funding of $7,000 to complete this project. These murals take you on a visual journey of Ventura from 1542 to 1964. Please help us preserve history with a tax-deductible donation.

Info Card and Donation Form (pdf)

For more information contact Georgeanne Lees at 805/658-4720 or glees@cityofventura.net


Olivas Adobe Music Under the Starts - 2016 Series will begin in July!


Gates open at 6:30pm, concert starts at 7:30pm.  Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive
Tickets are only $20, and can be purchased at the concert -- arrive early to get your tickets.
Dine, dance & delight to great performances at Ventura’s most historic party site!  Bring your own homemade feast or purchase your meal onsite from gourmet food and cofee trucks for twilight dining with friends within the warm embrace of adobe-baked courtyard walls.              For details visit www.cityofventura.net/mus

Murals and Roses Annual Event

May 8, 2016
11am-3pm  FREE

Visitors are invited to view the murals, by Marguerite Hardeman, displayed within the adobe courtyard as well as the Rose Garden in full bloom during the free “Murals and Roses” annual event.

Murals and Roses Brochure

Murals and Roses Flyer



Olivas Adobe

Olivas Adobe Historical Park
4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, CA

Ventura County's only remaining Monterey-style adobe home from the Rancho era - California Historical Landmark No. 115 that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 - celebrates Ventura’s Rancho and Latino heritage through weekend tours, seasonal school educational outreach programs and year round special events.

Visitors may experience the expansive adobe home and courtyard built between 1847-49 by wealthy Don Raymundo Olivas on his 4,700-acre Rancho San Miguel with grounds open daily (free) and house open for tours Saturdays & Sundays, 11 am-4 pm or by arrangement. Purchase tickets in the gift shop: $5/adult, $3/child/ senior.

Facility Rental












Olivas Adobe is also available for weddings, family reunions and other special events.  Click links below for information:
Rental brochure
Rental application

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Gina Reyes at 805.658.4728 or greyes@cityofventura.net



Virtual tour of grounds & house weekend tours - herb & rose gardens - period furnishings - costumed docents
Volunteer docent program & giftshop books & gifts  - school outreach (4th grade Calif. history) - exhibits -  scrapbook
Calendar of special events quilt/owl celebrations-murals & roses-music under stars-living history day-candlelight tours
History & preservation  how you can help - recent restoration efforts - Olivas birds - last resident Beatrice Benzien