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Tomales Presbyterian Church

Tomales Presbyterian Church

Tomales Presbyterian Church and its peaceful cemetery sit atop a small hill at the end of Church Street in Tomales, California. The site was donated by Warren Dutton to a pioneering congregation in 1865, and a church building was soon erected. But on April 16, a week before the new church was to be dedicated, it was completely destroyed by fire. Only the pulpit Bible and a few furnishings were saved from the flames. However, less tham two weeks later,…

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St. Mary’s Church, Nicasio

St. Mary’s Church, Nicasio

Facing the town square, St. Mary’s Church has greeted Nicasio visitors for more than a century and has been a favorite subject of photographers and artists for nearly as long. Built in 1867, the church was constructed from locally milled redwood at a cost of $3,000 – money that was raised by the townspeople. For the majority of Nicasio families, St. Mary’s Church has been an integral part of the community, many of whom received their first sacrament here. Throughout…

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Sea Ranch Chapel

Sea Ranch Chapel

The Chapel was the gift of Sea Ranch residents Robert and Betty Buffum, who envisioned a place for meditation and spiritual renewal at the Sea Ranch. Their interest and generosity spanned every aspect of realizing this vision: purchasing the site, engaging the architect, financing the construction, and endowing a foundation for the maintenance of the Chapel. The Buffums were familiar with the work of internationally renowned San Diego artist and architect James T. Hubbell, and engaged him to design the…

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Mendocino Presbyterian Church

Mendocino Presbyterian Church

In 1854, the first Protestant services in this infant village on Big River were conducted in the gangmill cookhouse of the Mendocino Lumber Company. Then, as now, the attendance was a blend of religious persuasions. The first ministers to conduct worship services were Methodists. Almost four years passed before other visiting ministers came – Baptist and Congregational. In 1858, realizing that the small congregation needed a permanent Sanctuary for worship, Jerome B. Ford and William Heeser were elected to collect…

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Church of the Assumption of Mary

Church of the Assumption of Mary

Church of the Assumption of Mary, a Roman Catholic church, is located at 26825 Shoreline Highway (Hwy 1) in Tomales, California. It is just south of Dillon Beach Road. The Catholic Cemetery is not located at the Church, but rather about 1 mile west of town near the corner of Dillon Beach Road and Middle Road. “In 1860 the Church of the Assumption was built in Tomales on land donated by John and Kate Miller Keys. Archbishop Joseph Alemany, first…

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