Santa Inés Mission Mills
Access to the Santa Inés Mission Mills property is currently only available by appointment and during scheduled programs. Guided tours may be arranged by contacting SBTHP at (805) 965-0093.
Neighboring Old Mission Santa Inés has been an active partner in shaping the future park by granting trail easements to reconnect the Mills with the Mission. SBTHP planted 2,800 olive trees in order to reintroduce early Mission-era agriculture to the site. The currently envisioned system of walking trails through the olive grove will link the Mission complex to the Mills and provide interpretive opportunities for a significant era in California history.
Fulling Mill at the Santa Inés Mission Mills.
In late 2008, the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) sold the Santa Inés Mission Mills complex to California State Parks, taking the first step towards creating a new State Park in Solvang, California. The 39 acres of land, adjacent to Old Mission Santa Inés, is part of the Mission Santa Inés National Historic Landmark District and includes historic grist and fulling mills and two associated reservoirs. SBTHP has agreed to continue planning and managing the property on behalf of State Parks.
Grist Mill at Santa Inés Mission Mills.
In 2008 SBTHP was awarded a technical assistance grant from the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program to help facilitate partnership building, organizational development, and conceptual planning for the proposed park. With RTCA’s help, California State Parks and SBTHP made initial contacts for a future partnership group that will help orchestrate efforts to open the Santa Inés Mission Mills property to public use. Potential improvements are envisioned to include designated parking, trail access, restrooms, and interpretive displays.
SBTHP continues develop community partnerships to plan for future public access, enhancement of educational opportunities and protection of the park resources within the Landmark District. “Interim Use Guidelines” (IUG), to be completed by Spring 2015, will enable the new parkland to be accessed by the public. To stay informed about developments at the Mills and scheduled programs, sign up for our email newsletter here.
An overview of the Santa Inés Mission Mills looking towards Old Mission Santa Inés.