Built in 1892, the Dudley House depicts a Ventura County farmhouse and the lives of the Dudley family from 1892 to 1930. One of the few authentically restored Victorian houses in Ventura County open to the public on the first Sunday of each month and also by appointment.
The Dudley House was originally located at the northwest corner of Telegraph Road and Ashwood Avenue and was moved in 1977 to the southwest corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista Road, where it has been developed as a museum and history center.
The farmhouse was part of a 50 acre ranch owned and occupied by the Dudley family for five generations. The house was built by Selwyn Shaw, well know local builder and craftsman.
San Buenaventura Heritage, Inc. (SBH) is a non-profit 501(c3) educational and charitable corporation founded in 1978 which is active in historic preservation in the City of San Buenaventura (Ventura), California. The primary focus of SBH is the preservation of the Dudley House, an 1892 Victorian farm house. The house and SBH headquarters are located at 197 N. Ashwood Avenue, the corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista in Ventura.
The house has been an ongoing preservation activity since 1977. Owned by the city since 1977, SBH was formed and took over the project when proposition 13 prevented the city from continuing to fund the project. The interior is complete with much of the original Dudley furniture returning to the house in 2006 from the estate of the late Johanna Dudley Overby. The terraces and pergola for outdoor events have been installed on the north side of the house. The gardens are currently being redesigned to include more drought-tolerant plants and flowers. The house is a living history museum reflecting the life of the Dudley family. The basement is used as a community room and visitor center with kitchen and restroom facilities and is available for small events and receptions. Larger events can be held outside on the grounds.
SBH is run by an all-volunteer board of directors and meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm. The board has committees for restoration, interior design, fundraising, docents, and house operations. Events sponsored by SBH include :Open Houses
The Dudley House is open for tours the first Sunday of the month from 1pm to 4pm from January to November.Special Docents Tours
The house is also available for group tours, including school and children's group tours by appointment.
Call Sheri Oelschlager at (805) 667-8042.
Speakers Bureau Talks are offered for organizations. Call Lynn Weitzel (805) 641-3563 for more information.