Dudley House

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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. The house is also open July 4 (hours depending on docent availability), and during other special events.

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.


The docent program performs various

activities for the house. Call Sheri Oelschlager at 805) 667-8042 for docent opportunities and Lynn Weitzel at (805)-641-3563 for docent tour guide information.

Rental of Facilities

The house, basement and grounds can be used for special events, such as weddings and receptions. Maximum occupancy in the house is 49 people for small events with no food or drink and the existing museum furniture in place. The Loma Vista outdoor area can accommodate approximately 75 people, limitations depending on type of event. Call Jan Hunter at (805) 654-8381 or Lynn Weitzel at (805) 641-563.

Victorian Holiday Boutique 2017

The 24th Dudley House Victorian Holiday Boutique will again be open from 10am to 6pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting on the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 24. The dates are November 24, 25, 26 and December 1, 2, 3  and 8, 9, 10. One of the great events of the Holiday season on the Central Coast, the House is beautifully decorated inside by dozens of crafters who will be selling their items.

Lawn spaces are available on the Sundays of our event (Nov 26, Dec 3 and 10) for a $20 donation per space. No reservations required.

For information on the event call Jan Hunter at (805) 654-8381 or email her at jh9patch@yahoo.com.

How You Can Help

SBH is a membership organization of dues-paying members, docents and volunteers. If you would like to work on our project call Lynn Weitzel at (805) 641-3563 or email at nlweitzel@gmail.com. All donations to SBH are tax deductible. Please send them to San Buenaventura Heritage, Inc., P.O. Box 6803, Ventura CA 93006-6803.

San Buenaventura Heritage, Inc.
P.O. Box 6803
Ventura, California 93006-6803


Last Updated November 3, 2017