Santa Ines Mission was founded by Fr. Estevan Tapis on September 17, 1804. It is 19th of the 21 missions. The Chumash Indians called this place home before the arrival of Fr. Tapis and his crew. Little did the natives know that their way of living would change forever. The Chumash Indians learned skills in ranching, farming, weaving, and candle making from the Padre’s and Mexicans.
In 1812, Santa Ines suffered damages from a massive earthquake. 12 years later in 1824, it would suffer further damage from a fire started by an Indian revolt. The Mission community responded by helping to rebuild Santa Ines. In 1904, Fr. Alexander Buckler began restoration of the mission with help from homeless people hanging about the church. His niece restored the vestments that we see today.
After the Madonna Room, we entered the church. The walls are beautifully decorated; very busy, I thought. Mission Santa Ines possess the best artwork I have seen in among the missions. Some missions have replicas or a few original spread about the adobe walls, but Santa Ines’s collection is very impressive both in quality and originality.
Mission Santa Ines is in the town of Solvang, California. In 1911, Danish-American arrived in this part of California. They purchased 9,000 acres of land and brought with them their tradition and culture and built a community near Mission Santa Ines. Thatched roofs and windmills can be seen as you drive along the road. It is a beautiful town. Our time in Solvang was very limited. We were not able to explore as I would have liked.