Back up the hills in Santa Barbara we went one morning to find a park. We missed it the first time by. Here’s a picture of the entrance at 1501 Franceschi Park to help you on your visit.
Mike wove down the hill to the old mansion of Dr. Franceschi. There were a number of plaques on the delapidated house, but this one is a memorial to Catherine Cochran Adams, Founder of Santa Barbara Beautiful (among other organizations.)
Santa Barbara Mission
Back down the hill is the Santa Barbara Mission, founded by the Franciscans in 1786. It is the only mission still under the Franciscans. Twenty-one missions go from San Diego to Sonoma. This one was destroyed by earthquake in 1812, rebuilt and when the towers were downed by earthquake in a 1925, they were rebuilt.
Currently there is a grant to repair some of the sandstone slowly returning to sand.
Services are still held in the chapel. An active organization gives several types of tours around the mission. Visit their website Old Mission Santa Barbara for more information about the Mission.
While Mike explored the indoors, I became fascinated by the laundry. The dam and aquaduct, we had seen on the creek in the Botanic Garden came down to this laundry. Chumash women would do the wash in this basin.
Words by Lynn Millar, pictures by Lynn and Mike Millar available upon request.