- Historic Sites
Old Mission Santa Inés
The Mission was founded on September 17, 1804 by Father Estevan Tapis, and was named in honor of St. Agnes, an early Christian martyr of the fourth century. The Mission, which commands a superb view of the Santa Ynez River Valley and the Santa Ynez and San Rafael mountain ranges, continues its central role in the spiritual and social life of the Santa Ynez Valley. Today the process continues to restore, preserve, and return the "Mission of the Passes" to its former grandeur of the early Mission era. Mission Santa Inés is the proud and fortunate possessor of a rich collection of paintings, statuary, vestments, manuscripts, and artifacts.