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#19, Santa Inés Virgen y Martir

Founded September 17, 1804
by Father Estevan Tapis.
Solvang.


Personal Observations

I don't know how many times my father drove past this mission without stopping. I finally got to visit it for the first time in August 2001 with my then girl friend. It sits right on the edge of the quaint town of Solvang on a medium size site. What comes to mind as unusual is the garden with the Stations of the Cross. The floor plan is similar to Santa Barbara and other missions of a square with a chapel at one corner.
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History

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Address and Directions

Phone: 805-688-4815.

Mailing Address: PO Box 408
Solvang, CA 93464-0408

If traveling on Highway 101, exit at
going east through the town of Solvang. Mission Santa Ines is on the east edge of down town Solvang.

Photography Gallery

Santa Ines
Front. 7-30-01.
Santa Ines
Chapel. 7-30-01.
Overall
Site from the grist mills. Photo date: 4-3-04.

Photo date: 4-3-04.

Front of church and bell tower. Photo date: 4-3-04.

El Camino Real bell and Mission bell tower. Photo date: 4-3-04.
Bell Tower
Bell Tower. Photo date: 4-3-04.
Bell Tower
Bell Tower. Photo date: 4-3-04.
North Side of Church
North side of church and cemetery. Photo date: 4-3-04.
North Side of Church
North side of church and cemetery. Photo date: 4-3-04.
Door
Door to chapel. 7-30-01.
Door Detail
Detail of door to chapel. 7-30-01.
Column
Unrestored column. 9-14-03.
Column
Unrestored column. 9-14--03.
Santa Ines
Colonnade. 7-30-01.
Olive Mill Wheel
Olive Mill Wheel Photo date: 4-3-04.
Lavanderia
Lavanderia. 9-14-03.
Santa Ines
Stations of the Cross walk. 7-30-01.
Station of the Cross
Station of the Cross overlooking the agricultural Santa Ines Valley. 9-14-03

Mission Santa Ines Grist Mills

Two Mills and One Mission
Two mills and mission beyond. Photo date: 4-3-04.
Unfortunately, the Mission Santa Ines grist mills are not visible from Mission Santa Ines and are not generally open to the public. I do not want to discourage you from visiting the mills. If you are determined to visit the mills personally, as I was, be aware that the mills are on private property and you must obtain permission from Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation to visit the mills. Once they approve your visit, they will send you a map without which, you will not find the mills. You will need a solid vehicle as you need to cross a small river (no bridge), and drive a half mile along a rough undeveloped road. The only facilities provided is a port-a-potty.

Or, enjoy these slides.

Mill from Mission Mill from Mission

The Mills are not easily visible from the mission, only the roof tops can be seen above the foreground trees. Photo date: 4-3-04.

West Mill
Approaching the west mill. Photo date: 4-3-04.
East Mill
Approaching the east mill. Photo date: 4-3-04.
Plaque The plaque says...

Old Grist Mill
Built 1820 by Joseph Chapman, Bostonian,
deserter from Pirate Bouchard who burned
Ortega Adobe, Rancho de Refugio. Chapman
arrested, sentenced to firing squad but
paroled to Mission Santa Ines. As Master
Workman, built this New England type Grist
Mill. and duplicate at Mission San Gabriel.
Married Guadalupe Ortega at Mission Santa
Ines. Founding important California family.
Marker placed by California Centenial Commission in
cooperation with Reina Del Mar Parlor No. 126. N. D. G. W.
Dedicated September 9, 1950
Field Field

The mills are nestled at the edge of a large open field. It was very peaceful. Photo date: 4-3-04.

Both Mills
South side of mill site.
South Side of Site
South side of mill site.
West Mill
South side of west mill.
East Mill
East mill.
Basin
East mill from across basin.
Basin
Basin for holding water for the mill wheels.
Basin
East mill from basin
Basin
Basin for holding water for the mill wheels.
West Mill
West mill.
Both Mills
Looking west.
Basin
Water once entered the mill through this inlet.
Basin
Mill pond.
Basin
Basin.
Basin
Basin.

From east mill looking toward west mill with Mission Santa Ines beyond.

Wall of mill pond.

Wall of mill pond.
West Mill
West mill south side looking east.
West Mill
West mill south side looking east.
West Mill

West mill south side corner.

West Mill
West mill, south side, door.

West mill, south side, door.
West Mill
West mill interior. Photo date: 4-3-04.

West mill interior. Photo date: 4-3-04.
Looking West
West mill from east mill. Photo date: 4-3-04
Looking West
West mill from east mill.
East Mill
East Mill.
East Mill
East Mill.
East Mill Interior
East mill, interior.
East Mill Interior
East mill, interior.
Mission Santa Ines Mission Santa Ines

Mission Santa Ines as seen from the grist mills. Photo date: 4-3-04.

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