Preserving yesterday for today and tomorrow.
Open House Tours at the Dudley MuseumOctober 1
Its owner, Benjamin Wells (B.W.) Dudley and his brother, Frank, came to California after the Civil War. The City of San Buenaventura had been incorporated in 1866, and the Dudley farms were far east of its one-square-mile boundaries. It was the family’s second residence on 40 acres of the old Rancho Santa Paula y Saticoy, purchased in 1875.
After experimenting with several crops, B.W. Dudley found that lima beans grew well in the cool, foggy climate. By the 1890s, Ventura County was known as the world’s largest lima bean producer.
Open House HoursFirst Sunday of each month: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Regular Open House hours are the first Sunday of the month from 1 to 4 p.m. Open on a limited basis for tours and special events.
Special tours for schools and other groups can be arranged.