2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc, California, USA, CA 93436
All year. Daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. Open 9am to 5pm.
over 5 years by Pat Hartley 4 / 5La Purisima Mission is the most completely reconstructed of the 21 mission in Alta California. Ten of the original buildings, including the church, were restored and appropriately furnished after the site came into public ownership in 1933. Unlike most of the other missions (such as San Francisco, San Diego or Santa Clara), no city has grown up around it so it retains the sense of isolation that the original Spanish and Mexican inhabitants must have felt. The gardens are simple, filled with useful plants, as befits the hard working community that lived here. A visit here is a grounding experience--it makes you aware of how quickly California has changed in a relatively short time.
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