One of the smaller California Missions that I’ve visited is in a little town off of Highway 101. It can be found amid a number of farms in the small town of Soledad. There isn’t a lot to Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, but it is cute and still functions as a working parish in Monterey County. If you enjoy California Missions, it is an easy stop to make and should only take about 30-minutes to look around at everything. When I went there was a cool display of all the California Mission models which I enjoyed looking at – see the photo of the models below in the gallery.
Here is a summary of the history of the mission from Wikipedia:
“Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, known colloquially as the Soledad Mission or Mission Soledad, is a Spanish mission located near the present-day town of Soledad, California. The mission was founded by the Franciscan order on October 9, 1791, to convert the Native Americans living in the area to Catholicism. It was the thirteenth of California’s Spanish missions and is named for Mary, Our Lady of Solitude. The town of Soledad is named for the mission.
After the 1835 secularization of the mission and the later sale of building materials, the mission fell into a state of disrepair and soon after was left in ruins. A restoration project began in 1954, and a new chapel was dedicated in 1955. The chapel now functions as a chapel of Our Lady of Solitude, a parish church of the Diocese of Monterey. The priests’ residence was later recreated, and functions as a museum.”
Other Mission Soledad Websites
Images From My Visit to the Mission