|Santa Maria Historical Society
Called Central City until 1882,
the town changed its name when mail was sent to Central City, Colorado instead.
Walk back in time for a view of Chumash Indian Culture, the Mission Rancho and
Pioneer periods. Visit the Barbecue Hall of Fame to discover how Santa Maria
barbecue tradition began over 100 years ago..
From the Wright Brothers to memorabilia of World War
II, this museum is filled with so many items, it's difficult to absorb
The museum now has seven aircraft: Bowers Flybaby, Rand
KR 2, Sonerii 2, 1929 Fleet Model 2, Stinson Reliant, Parker Sailplane and Jensen Hang Glider. Again, the docents can't be beat for enthusiasm and time
spent sharing stories and helping make your visit entertaining and educational.
You can tell the museum is a labor of love.