Solvang History

Eventful Dates
1804 - Mission Santa Ines is founded in the present day city of Solvang, and named after St. Agnes of Rome.

1911 - Solvang was founded by three Danish immigrants who purchased nearly 10,000 acres of prime land in the Santa Ynez Valley.

1912 - Construction of irrigation systems and farms began, crops planted.

1914 - Construction of Atterdag College.

1928 - The Lutheran church. It was the first building to incorporate traditional Danish architecture, and in the 1930s, residents started building their homes in the Danish medieval style.

1939, 1960, 1976 - Solvang visited by Danish royalty.

1947 - Solvang was made famous nationwide by being featured in a Saturday Evening Post article.

1951 - The Solvang Municipal Improvement District (SMID) was formed.

1961 - Solvang celebrated its Golden Jubilee.

1985 - Solvang incorporated as a general law city..

2011 - Solvang celebrated its Centennial.

For more details and images please visit the ElverhØj Museum here.