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The Lompoc Vision

“Good News You Can Use.”



he Lompoc Valley Historical Society was founded Sep-

tember 5, 1964 as an outgrowth of the Lompoc Pioneer

Society. The mission of the society is to provide a reposi-

tory for historical artifacts and documents pertinent to the his-

tory of the Lompoc Valley. The secondary mission is to publish a

book about the history of the Lompoc Valley.

In 1968, the society learned that the Victorian residence of

N.L. Spanne was slated for demolition. The home, constructed in

1875, was the first two story wooden residence built in the newly

founded town of Lompoc.

Directors of the Historical Society voted to purchase the prop-

erty for $15,000 and negotiated a 10 year loan, which was paid in

8 years. The home was named the Fabing-McKay-Spanne House

after the three families who had lived in it. Since that time, the

home has been fully renovated and furnished in true Victorian

style. Although the home is not the typical “painted lady” style

Victorian, it has elements typical of the period. There is no fancy gingerbread, turrets or stained glass.

This was a Victorian “farmhouse” built for a working family. The home was built by Henry Wadsworth Fabing less than

a year after the founding of the town of Lompoc. Nicknamed “Fabing’s Folly” by the townspeople, the home loomed

forth in the midst of vacant land. Until the home was built, there were no permanent residences to speak of in the Lompoc


Local residences soon began sharing Mr. Fabing’s faith in

the valley and followed his lead by constructing permanent,

substantial housing. Mr. Fabing had never completed the up-

stairs of the home. It was left as one big vacant room with

only a ladder to access it and the rooftop cupola from the first

floor. In 1902, the Fabings sold the home to W.S. McKay,

who had 6 daughters. It was necessary to complete the up-

stairs, so the McKays created three bedrooms and installed

an elegant stairway which winds to the second floor from just

inside the front entrance.

Call us at (805) 735-4626 and leave a brief message for

any additional information.



ecently the California Continuation EducationAsso-

ciation (CCEA), State Award Committee announced

their annual awards for 2020. Maple High School

staff received three (3) of the highest honors. April Mar-

tin, Administrative Assistant at Maple was chosen as the

Classified Employee of the Year. Rebecca Ingrahm, CTE

Teacher at MHS, was selected as Teacher of the Year and

Principal Katy Wallace earned CCEA’s Administrator of

the Year. The CCEA State Award Committee will recognize

the award winners in October at their annual conference.



“Maple High continues to showcase the great opportu-

nities a continuation high school can provide for students

who need a non-traditional approach to learning. We have

seen how hard all three of the award winners work to pro-

vide the best experience for students possible. It makes us

proud when others also recognize their dedication,” said

Superintendent Trevor McDonald.

Maple High was also honored as a CA Model Continu-

ation High School by the California Department of Educa-

tion in 2019.

Katy Wallace & Rebecca Ingrahm

April Martin