A clipping from the Santa Ynez Valley News, Friday, Sept. 17, 1954 reads:
"The little town of Ballard has the distinction of being the oldest town in the Valley.
George W. Lewis, who came to this Valley in 1860, and secured land to the extent of 800 acres, laid out and named the town in honor of his friend, W.N. Ballard, superintendent of the stage line, which operated between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.
The oldest buildings in the Valley, excepting old Mission Santa Ines, were the adobes known as Ballard's station. After the death of Mr. Ballard, Mr. Lewis married Mrs. Ballard and built a home in the present townsite of Ballard."