San Buenaventura Heritage, Inc. (SBH) is a non-profit educational and charitable organizatioin founded in 1978 with a primary focus of preserving the Dudley House, an 1892 Victorian farm house, located at 197 N. Ashwood, Ventura. The Dudley House is one of 35 Ventura County properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The house is a living history museum reflecting the life of the Dudley family. The terraces and pergola for outdoor events have been installed on the north side side of the house, and the lavender garden with some 100 plants featuring over 20 varieties is on the south side of the house. The basement is used as a community room and visitor center with cooking facilities and is avaialble for small events and receptions. Larger events can be held outside on the grounds.
The Dudley House is open for tours the first Sunday of the month from 1pm to 4pm from January to November. Visit www.dudleyhouse.org or call 805.644.3286 for more information. Admission is free but donations are accepted and appreciated.
Historic Recording Series
During open houses, pre-1930 recordings transferred to CDs are played. A new recording is played each month on the Victrola console in the parlor. Here is the upcoming 2013 playing schedule (past events removed 7/29/13):
August 4 1pm to 4pm - Charles Peguri. Recordings from 1907 to 1930
September 1 1pm to 4pm - Early Tzigane Records, Vol. 2, 1905 to 1922
October 6 1pm to 4pm - The Naughty 1920s, Vol 1, Recordings from the 1920s
November 3, 2013 1pm to 4pm - Emma Eames. Vol. 2, Recordings from 1906 to 1911.
No recordings in December due to Dudley House Victorian Holiday Boutique.
Old Time Radio Series
CDs of radio shows are performed in the radio console on the 2nd floor hallway. Upcoming 2013 schedule (past events removed 7/29/13):
August 4 1pm to 4pm - Sherlock Holmes-The Adventure of the Sinister Crate of Cabbages, May 2, 1948
September 1 1pm to 4pm - Mystery in the Air-The Horla, February 12, 1946
October 6 1pm to 4pm - Orson Welles Mercury Theater-War of the Worlds (1hr), October 30, 1938
November 3 1pm to 4pm - The Great Gilderesleeve-The Jolly Boys Band, November 23, 1949
No shows in December due to Dudley House Victorian Holiday Boutique.
The 20th Dudley House Victorian Holiday Boutique will take place from 10am to 6pm on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting on the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 29. The dates are November 29, 30 and December 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15. The House is decorated inside by dozens of crafters who will be selling their items. For information on the event call (805)-654-8381.