R.S. Heath

The Heath family once represented the top tier of Carpinteria’s social strata. Pictured above on his horse, Honey, is R.S. Heath in 1918. 

The Heath family once represented the top tier of Carpinteria’s social strata. Pictured above on his horse, Honey, is R.S. Heath in 1918. The photo was taken just a few years after the family sold its 200-acre ranch, which included a sprawling Victorian home built by Russel Heath in 1881. Russel was a wealthy walnut farmer and Santa Barbara’s first District Attorney. In 1972, the former Heath Ranch land was cleared for a housing subdivision and a portion of Russel’s original 1858 adobe was discovered within the walls of the mansion. The remaining ruins, along with Heath’s Victorian fountain and eucalyptus trees once lining the home’s drive, were dedicated as the second Carpinteria landmark in April 1973. They can be found in Heath Ranch Park on Eucalyptus Street.

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