Franciscan Father Mariano Payeras' served this mission from 1804 until his death in 1823. He supervised the relocation and rebuilding of La Purisima after the 1812 earthquakes. He also served a El Presidente and Comisario Prefecto of the Alth California Missions.Father Mariano Payeras is buried near the alter.There are many antique pieces within...more
Each mission of the California Mission System was designed to be a complete community. The farms and workshops were capable of providing for the needs of 1,000 or more residents. In 1820, La Purisma Mission's population was 874, including Franciscan padres, soldiers, skilled, craftsmen, and Chumash Indicans.more
I'll take you on the tour as I ventured through the mission.Across the 1st footbridge lies California's eleventh mission and a glimpse of life during the 1820's. The Civilian Conservation Corps restored the buildings and grounds between 1934 - 1941. We hope you enjoy your visit to the past.more
Can you interpret the story that the footprints in this walk are telling about the history of La Purisma Mission.Notice that the impressions are different. Starting to the right there are footprints left by someone who was barefoot (picture 1). The next person wore hard soled shoes or boots (picture 2). Notice also that some of the people were...more
Men and women were cared for in separate hospital buildings. Women with knowledge of healing herbs were hired to cure the sick. Unfortunately, without resistance to European diseases, and with changes in diet and living conditions, many Chumash Indians suffered and died.more
Young Indian girls past the age of eleven, but not yet married came to live in the monjerio or girls dormintory. Here they were taught to cook, sew, spin, and weave. Then their daily tasks were completed they might visit their families, but at night they were confined to the monjerio.more
A Short HistoryThe cattle of the world, regardless of their wide and diverse body types and color patterns, are believed to originate from Bos indicus (the humped cattle of Asia) or Bos taurus (the wild cattle of Europe). Annals of history trace the movement of African cattle accompanying the Moors to Spain and their evolution into many cattle...more
Unlike the Europeans, the Chumash Indians enjoyed bathing. This lavanderia provided a clothes washing and bathing area for the residents of the Indian Apartments and Tule Village.What is sad, is the most of the mission lavanderia's water features use to have a some type of sculpture face. Over the years these have faded. I noticed that many have...more
This beautifully crafted tule house represents the artisanship of the Chumash. 120 plus hours of hard physical labor has gone into harvesting the tule alone. This was done carefully to produce the finest quality of craftmanship. Over 100 willows were harvested by 4 volunteers who carried the downed lumber through poison oak! This building will be...more
There is only one word to desribe your experience in staying at this motel and that is "WOW". I...more
1417 N H St, Lompoc, CA 93436
Good for: Solo
1117 N H St, Lompoc, CA 93436
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
The Lompoc Restaurant is like a mom-and-pop version of IHOP. The wait staff was helpful and friendly, a refreshing change from the folks in Los Angeles. The food was cheap... and it was delicious. The portions are not big, but definitely filling. This is a great local find. Ham & eggs... you can't go wrong with that!more
This is Lompoc's Finest, and one of Santa Barbara County's best Italian eateries. They server wonderful Italian standards and have great specials. John's creme soups are to die for. Faith's deserts are...oh my God! Get some! John's Special Pasta is delicious. What the heck, it's all good. Have a Sunstone Merlot with dinner!more
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This building served as the Women's Hospital (Enfermeria). Using a combination of native and introduced medicines, the Spanish missionaries and skilled Native Americans tried to ease the variety of sufferings.
This building serves as the gift shop.
11:00 Am to 4:00PM
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day and Mondays, except Holidays.
If you come to Lompoc to visit Surf Beach/Ocean. Please be aware that certain areas of the beach is restricted due to a itty bitty bird (Snowy Plover). As of this post there is already 15 violations, 25 and the complete access to the beach is closed until late September. If you choose to go in the water never go alone, there are dangerous undertoes/currents.
The State Park authority is building a huge, grand visitor center at the Mission entrance. What a disappointment. The new building looks so modern that it doesn't fit into the overall landscape at all. I didn't take a picture.
The Lompoc Valley Historical Society is often overlooked and neglected as a tourist attraction. Due to it only being open 2 days a week for a couple of hours and the last Sunday of each month may be a leading reason. There's loads of information, photos, wagons and other historical items to view as well as the main house which was built back in 1875.
Location: 207 North L Street, Lompoc California