Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad was founded 9 October 1791 (13th in order) by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuén. The Mission is named for Our Lady of Sorrows. The Indian name was Chuttusgelis. The Mission was twice destroyed by floods and the third flood basically marked the end for the Mission. A small chapel and adobe ruins are all that was left standing. The re-creation currently standing was started in 1954. There are limited services at the Mission and immediate surrounding area. It’s a good idea to bring food (there is a picnic area) if visiting over lunch.
Just for comparison, the large tree has been removed from in front of the Church since a visit in 2003 which resulted in this picture. Note also that the small sign on the left, by the bell has been removed. As you’ll see later this is because the original Mission bell which was hanging there in 2003 has now been moved into the Museum for better preservation. A smaller bell now hangs in its place.
The Mission is about 2.5 miles from U.S. 101 just South of the city of Soledad. Take the Arroyo Seco Road exit from 101 and proceed West to Fort Romie Road (county road G17; 1.1 miles). Proceed 1.5 miles along Fort Romie Road to the Mission entrance and turn left into the Mission. The Mission is at 36641 Fort Romie Road (California Landmark 233). [Note: If approaching from the Monterey area you can access county road G17 there and follow it to the Mission instead of using 101. It’s a nice, scenic drive if you have the inclination to follow county roads.]
- Open daily 10am-4pm. Closed 1 January, Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Christmas day. [Note: MissionTour tries to keep this information up to date but cannot guarantee its accuracy as this is not the official Mission website. If planning a drive to the Mission please contact them directly to get the latest information in order to avoid disappointment.]
- Website: http://missionsoledad.com/
- Mail: 36641 Fort Romie Road, PO Box 515, Soledad, CA 93960
- Phone: (831) 678-2586
- [Last updated 11 Feb 2016]