The First Mayor's House, also known as the I. J. Harvey house, was home to Salinas' First Mayor, Isaac Julian Harvey, his wife Sarah and their children: Absalom "Benton", Sophronia, Eleanor "Josephine" and the youngest, Mabel. Today, it is one of only ten homes that still exist from early Salinas...and it is the only one that operates as a museum and cultural heritage center to interpret the early history of Salinas for local school children. Moved three times since it was built in 1868, the First Mayor's House is significant for its connection to the transportation age and the coming of the Southern Pacific Railroad to Salinas, California.
In recent years the First Mayor's House; now a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, has also served as a grand host for many community events, social gatherings and elegant parties. See our rental usage tab above to learn more.