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Historic Harvey House 
Museum,  Education and Cultural Center   
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We offer Teacher Professional Development for 3rd and 5th grade elementary teachers and hands-on history programs for their students.

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The purpose of the First Mayor's House is to promote a better appreciation of life in early Salinas and provide educational opportunities for students, teachers and schools.

Our Story

The First Mayor’s House is an educational nonprofit in Salinas, California, consisting of the restored home of Isaac Julian Harvey, the garden, and Learning Center. The home has been completely restored to the 1870s; the family documents, photographs, clothes and furniture have been preserved, giving us a rare glimpse of early community life. Today, the First Mayor’s House has been relocated to the new Inter-modal Transportation Center, where it serves as an adjunct to local schools, telling the story of all immigrants to the Salinas Valley.    

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Contact our administrations staff today for more information about supporting a field trip campaign.

Hours of Operation:

First Saturday of the Month 10:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

First Fridays 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Or by Appointment


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: Benton, Sophronia, Josephine, and 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 schoolchildren.

More about the First Mayor's House

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 nonprofit organization, has also served as a grand host for many community events, social gatherings, and elegant parties.

Contact us at (831) 214-8661 in Salinas, California, to support extracurricular education programs.