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Historic House Museums in California

We try to keep this list of historic house museums for California current, but it is best to check directly with the museums for their hours and other information. If you know of a historic house museum in California that should be listed here, please use our submission form to let us know about it.

Alameda

Meyers House Museum

Meyers House Museum

2021 Alameda Avenue
Alameda, CA  94501
Phone: (510) 521-1233

Year Built: 1897
Admission Price: Non Members $5
Hours: 1-4pm, 4th Saturdays Jan-Nov

City of Alameda Monument #26, the family home of renowned architect Henry H. Meyers, responsible for many civic structures in the East Bay. Docent led tours feature main house, studio/office, architectural display, with family pieces and decorative arts from collection of Alameda Museum and the public. House sits on 3 residentual lots with beautiful grounds available for daytime rental for small weddings, catered parties for volunteer or business receptions, and art events, starting July 2013.

Arcadia

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

301 N. Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA  91009
Phone: (626) 821-3222

Year Built: 1880
Admission Price: Adults $8.00, Seniors $6.00, children 5-12 $3.00,
Hours: 9 AM to 4:30 PM, grounds close at 5

Designed by architect Albert Austin Bennett, the Queen Anne Cottage and Coach Barn were built for Elias J. Baldwin, a businessman in 1885, 1880 respectively. Painted red and white the buildings are listed together on the National Register as remarkable examples of Victorian architecture as well as the surrounding landscape which is a rare remnant Victorian landscape in Southern California.

Auburn

Bernhard Museum Complex

Bernhard Museum Complex

291 Auburn-Folsom Rd.
Auburn, CA  95603
Phone: (530) 889-6500

Year Built: 1851
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 11am-4pm, Tue-Sun

The historic Bernhard Museum Complex has seen over 150 years of history roll by. The structure was built in 1851 by George Bishop and John Long as the Traveler's Rest Hotel and is one of Auburn's oldest surviving buildings. During the Gold Rush this rustic establishment hosted teamsters traveling the old Auburn Folsom Road and miners who were working in nearby Rich Flat

Belmont

Ralston Hall

Ralston Hall

1500 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, CA  94002
Phone: (650) 508-3501

Year Built: 1864
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Ralston Hall Mansion was the country estate of William Chapman Ralston, a prominent and powerful San Francisco financier who founded the Bank of California. Purchasing the property from an Italian nobleman in 1864, Ralston began construction of an increasingly grand mansion, ultimately comprising over 80 rooms. He called his estate "Belmont," a name that was subsequently adopted by the adjacent village.

Benicia

The Fischer-Hanlon House

The Fischer-Hanlon House

137 West G Street
Benicia, CA 
Phone: (707) 745-3385

Year Built: 1856
Admission Price: Call for tour info
Hours: Contact Museum

The house was orginally a hotel on another site in town and after extensive fire damage, Joseph and Catherine Fischer moved and remodeled the building for their home in 1856. The house was occupied by successive generations of the family until it was donated to the State of California in 1969. It has been restored as a completely furnished home representative of middle-class living in the late 1800's in Benicia.

Bodie

Bodie State Historic Park

Bodie State Historic Park

Hwy 270
Bodie, CA 
Phone: (760) 647-6445

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $7, Children $5
Hours: See their website

Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. The town is named for Waterman S. Body (William Bodey), who had discovered small amounts of gold in hills north of Mono Lake. In 1875, a mine cave-in revealed pay dirt, which led to purchase of the mine by the Standard Company in 1877. People flocked to Bodie and transformed it from a town of a few dozen to a boomtown.

Calabasas

Leonis Adobe Museum

Leonis Adobe Museum

23537 Calabasas Road
Calabasas, CA  91302
Phone: (818) 222-6511

Year Built: 1844
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

L.A. Historic Cultural Monument # 1. Built in the Monterey style in the 1840's, it was occupied by Miguel Leonis as early as the 1870's, one of the most colorful, influential and prominent figures of early Los Angeles. Also on the grounds is an barn built in 1912 as well as the Plummer House known as the "oldest house in Hollywood".

Camarillo

Camarillo Ranch

Camarillo Ranch

201 Camarillo Ranch Road
Camarillo, CA  93012
Phone: (805) 389-8182

Year Built: 1892
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

The Camarillo Ranch was originally a 10,000 acre Spanish land grant created in 1837, patented to Gabriel Ruiz in 1866, then purchased by Juan Camarillo in 1875. His son Adolfo built the Queen Anne Victorian home in 1892. Later the barn and stables were added to support the agricultural work and house the renowned Camarillo White Horses. Today the ranch is owned by the City of Camarillo and operated by the non profit Camarillo Ranch Foundation.

Campbell

Ainsley House

Ainsley House

300 Grant St.
Campbell, CA  95008
Phone: (408) 866-2119

Year Built: 1925
Admission Price: Adults $6, Seniors $4, Children $2.50
Hours: 12pm-4pm, Thu-Sun

The Ainsley House - Beautifully restored in an enchanting park-like setting, the English Tudor style architecture of the Ainsley House transports the visitor to the bygone era of the 1920s. Built in 1925 as the home for Campbell canning pioneer J.C. Ainsley and his wife Alcinda, the home was moved to its present location in 1990. The exquisitely restored and decorated 15 rooms are furnished with much of the original furniture of the era when it was one of the grand homes of the Santa Clara Valley. The surrounding English gardens are a refreshing respite for the visitor to this unique historic house.

Chico

Bidwell Mansion

Bidwell Mansion

525 Esplanade
Chico, CA 
Phone: (530) 895-6144

Year Built: 1868
Admission Price: Adults $6, Children $3
Hours: See their website

Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park is a beautiful, three-story, 26 room Victorian House Museum that stands as a memorial to John and Annie Bidwell. John Bidwell was known throughout California and across the nation as an important pioneer, farmer, soldier, statesman, politician and philanthropist. Annie Ellicott Kennedy Bidwell, the daughter of a socially prominent, high ranking Washington official, was deeply religious, and committed to a number of moral and social causes. Annie was very active in the suffrage and prohibition movements.

Stansbury Home

Stansbury Home

307 West 5th Street
Chico, CA  95928
Phone: (530) 895-3848

Year Built: 1883
Admission Price: Adults $4 Students $2
Hours: 1-4pm Sat & Sun

Located at 5th and Salem in Chico CA, the Stansbury Home is considered one of the most well preserved buildings in California. Built in 1883 by Dr Oscar Stansbury, the home stands today as it did at the turn of the century.

Death Valley

Scotty\'s Castle

Scotty's Castle

Greenland Blvd.
Death Valley, CA  92328
Phone: (760) 786-3200

Year Built:
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Hidden in the green oasis of Grapevine Canyon in far northern Death Valley, the Death Valley Ranch, or Scotty's Castle as it is more commonly known, is a window into the life and times of the Roaring 20's and Depression 30's. It was and is an engineer's dream home, a wealthy matron's vacation home and a man-of-mystery's hideout and getaway. Walter Scott, Death Valley Scotty, convinced everyone that he had built the castle with money from his rich secret mines in the area. Albert Mussey Johnson actually built the house as a vacation getaway for himself and his wife Bessie.

Dublin

Dublin Heritage Park & Museums

Dublin Heritage Park & Museums

6600 Donlon Way
Dublin, CA  94568
Phone: (925) 452-2100

Year Built: 1911
Admission Price: Tours $3.50-$5 per person
Hours: Weds, Sat, Sun 1:00-4:00 pm

The park features seven historic buildings including the Kolb House, a 1911 Craftsman Bungalow. The house contains beautiful original Arts & Crafts furnishings that belonged to this German immigrant family. The living room and dining rooms are furnished 1911 and the Kitchen depicts the post-war era with modern electrical appliances.

Ealimart

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Star Route 1, Box 148
Ealimart, CA  93219
Phone: (661) 849-3433

Year Built: 1908
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

In August 1908 Colonel Allen Allensworth and four other settlers established a town founded, financed and governed by African Americans. Their dream of developing an abundant and thriving community stemmed directly from a strong belief in programs that allowed blacks to help themselves create better lives. By 1910 Allensworth’s success was the focus of many national newspaper articles praising the town and its inhabitants.

Encino

Los Encinos State Historic Park

Los Encinos State Historic Park

16756 Moorpark St.
Encino, CA  91436
Phone: (818) 784-4849

Year Built:
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: 10am-5pm, Wed-Sun

Located in the San Fernando Valley, this California rancho includes the original nine-room de la Ossa Adobe, the two-story limestone Garnier building, a blacksmith shop, a natural spring, and a pond.

Escondido

Escondido History Center

Escondido History Center

321 N. Broadway
Escondido, CA  92025
Phone: (760) 743-8207

Year Built: 1890
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: 1pm-4pm, Tue-Sat

Established in 1976, the History Center includes buildings from Escondido's early development that were relocated to Grape Day Park.

Ferndale

Fern Cottage

Fern Cottage

2121 Centerville Road
Ferndale, CA  95536
Phone: (707) 786-4835

Year Built: 1866
Admission Price: $10
Hours: See their website

Gold Rush pioneers Joseph and Zipporah built Fern Cottage as their family home in 1866. Family members lived in it continuously for over a century. Today, it is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the few homes in California containing the original family furniture and furnishings. Visit Fern Cottage and step back in time to the late Victorian era.

Fremont

Ardenwood Historic Farm

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd.
Fremont, CA  94555
Phone: (510) 544-2797 • Toll Free: (888) 327-2757

Year Built: 1857
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

A visit to Ardenwood is a journey back to the time of the Patterson Ranch - a prosperous, 19th-century country estate including a beautiful mansion and its elaborate Victorian Gardens. Today the Historic Farm exhibits agricultural practices from the 1870s to the present, demonstrating the transition from horse-powered to horsepower.

Fresno

Meux Home Museum

Meux Home Museum

1007 R. Street
Fresno, CA  93710
Phone: (559) 233-8007

Year Built: 1888
Admission Price: Adults $5, Juniors $4, Children $3, Under 5 free
Hours: 12-3:30 Fri-Sun

The Meux Home is a beautiful Queen Anne Victorian, built in 1888, which still retains original fretwork, chandeliers, fireplaces and mantels, etc. since the youngest daughter lived there over 80 years.

The Kearney Historic Site

The Kearney Historic Site

7160 W. Kearney Boulevard
Fresno, CA 
Phone: (559) 441-0862

Year Built: 1903
Admission Price: Adults $5, Seniors and Students $4, Children $3
Hours: 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, Fri-Sun

The Kearney Mansion is located seven miles west of downtown Fresno. It consists of two buildings, a main residence and an adjoining servants' quarters. The two buildings are designed in the French Renaissance style, simulated through the use of materials indigenous to the area and through the use of Victorian stock moldings, all built by workers employed by owner M. Theo. Kearney. Both buildings have a basic rectangular form with walls of two-foot-thick unstabilized adobe brick, covered with a thin coat of plaster for waterproofing. The basic adobe structures are capped by a sophisticated roof structure, strongly influenced by the Schwab residence in New York City, which itself was a copy of Chateau de Chenonceaux. The high roofs, dormer windows, ornate pinnacles at the intersection of the high roofs, the simple ridgemolding, and lofty chimneys create a picturesque skyline.

Grass Valley

Empire Mine State Historic Park

Empire Mine State Historic Park

10791 East Empire Street
Grass Valley, CA  95945
Phone: (530) 273-8522

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $5, Children $3
Hours: See their website

Empire Mine State Historic Park is the site of one of the oldest, largest, deepest, longest and richest gold mines in California. The park is in Grass Valley at 10791 East Empire Street. In existence for more than 100 years, the mine produced 5.6 million ounces of gold before it closed in 1956. (5.6 million ounces of gold is equivalent to a box seven feet long, seven feet high, and seven feet deep filled with gold.) The park contains many of the mine’s buildings, the owner’s home and restored gardens, as well as the entrance to 367 miles (the distance, as the crow flies, from Grass Valley to Magic Mountain) of abandoned and flooded mine shafts. The park consists of forested backcountry and eight miles of trails – including easy hikes (for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding) - in the park.

Hayward

McConaghy House

McConaghy House

18701 Hesperian Boulevard
Hayward, CA  94545
Phone: (510) 581-0223

Year Built: 1886
Admission Price: Adults $5, Seniors and Students $3
Hours: 1pm-4pm, Sat-Sun

The McConaghy family built their 12-room farmhouse, tank house and carriage house in 1886. Tours of the house offer visitors a fun and informative environment to learn more about what life was like for farming families during the Victorian period.

Hidden Valley Lake

Stone House

Stone House

18174 Hidden Valley Road
Hidden Valley Lake, CA  95467-8198
Phone: (707) 987-2349 • Toll Free: (877) 269-2349

Year Built: 1853
Admission Price: no charge
Hours: 11am-2pm second Saturdays

Our Stone House is Calif. State Historical Monument #450, as the oldest building in Lake County. It is a rather small (about 30x36' outside dimensions) cut stone (luppili tuff) house of five rooms. In addition to restoration and maintenance, the Stone House Historical Society has collected donated furnishings, all period pieces unfamiliar in contemporary homes but some common as recently as the 1950s.

Huntington Beach

Newland House Museum

Newland House Museum

19820 Beach Blvd.
Huntington Beach, CA 
Phone: (714) 962-5777

Year Built: 1898
Admission Price: Adults $2, Children $1
Hours: 12-4pm, 1st & 3rd Sat and Sun

The Newland House Museum is the oldest residence built in the city of Huntington Beach and is maintained by the Huntington Beach Historical Society for all to see.

Lake Forest

Heritage Hill Historical Park

Heritage Hill Historical Park

25151 Serrano Road
Lake Forest, CA  92630
Phone: (949) 923-2230

Year Built:
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 9am-5pm, Wed-Sun

eritage Hill Historical Park is composed of 4.1 acres, four historic buildings and associated structures for maintenance and public restrooms. The fully restored and furnished historic buildings span the early history of the Saddleback Valley and El Toro area from the Mexican Rancho era (Serrano Adobe, circa 1863), to the founding of the town of El Toro (El Toro Grammar School, 1890; St. George's Episcopal Mission, 1891), through the citrus farming days of the early twentieth century (Harvey Bennett Ranch House, 1908).

Long Beach

Bembridge House

Bembridge House

953 Park Circle Drive
Long Beach, Ca 
Phone: (562) 493-7019

Year Built: 1906
Admission Price: $5.00 donation
Hours: Tuesday afternoons and the fourth Saturday of each month from 1:00 to 4:00 for docent led tours

Bembridge House is a Queen Anne Victorian house that was built in 1906. It has 18 rooms, and has been preserved with its original high ceilings, woodwork, and many of the original furishings.[2] It is considered the most ornate Victorian residence in Long Beach with hand-carved woodwork, stained and leaded glass, and a tiled fireplace.

Rancho Los Alamitos

Rancho Los Alamitos

6400 Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach, CA  90815
Phone: (562) 431-3541

Year Built: 1800
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 1-5pm, Wednesday - Sunday, year round

The Ranch House at Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens is a place for all time. Between 1804 and 1833, in the Spanish or Mexican era, the Nieto family built a four-room adobe on the hilltop in what is now Long Beach, California for their vaqueros and help. The adobe-core ranch house evolved over two centuries. Beginning in 1842, owner Abel Stearns brought his New England traditions to the adobe, adding wood floors and siding, gabled roofs and a north wing bunk house. When John and Susan Bixby moved to the site in 1878, they transformed the adobes crumbling remains into a Victorian home. Fred and Florence Bixby expanded the Ranch House again in the early 20th century, extending the south wing, adding a front porch and second floor, and decorating in the regional style of the time. Filled with southwestern motifs and art, native baskets, as well as impressionist art and collectible glass, the Ranch House evokes a sense of place where others have come before.

Rancho Los Cerritos

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach, CA  90807
Phone: (562) 570-1755

Year Built: 1844
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 1pm-5pm, Wed-Sun

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is a public museum open for tours, programs and events. Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to a modern, urban society. The two-story Monterey-style adobe is primarily furnished to reflect occupants and lifestyles from the 1860s-1880s.

Los Angeles

Doheny Mansion

Doheny Mansion

10 Chester Place
Los Angeles, CA  90007
Phone: (213) 477-2962

Year Built: 1898
Admission Price: $25 per person, some discounts apply
Hours: See their website

Home to the Doheny family for nearly 60 years, the Doheny Mansion was built in 1899 for the Oliver P. Posey family by architects Theodore Eisen and Sumner Hunt. Its eclectic Romantic Revival exterior unites elements of Gothic, Chateauesque, Moorish and even California Mission styles. The opulent interior reflects the wealth and status of pioneering oil baron Edward L. Doheny, who purchased the mansion in 1901 and, with his wife Estelle, led a fascinating life within its walls.

Grier Musser Museum

Grier Musser Museum

403 South Bonnie Brae Street
Los Angeles, CA  90057
Phone: (213) 413-1814

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $10, Seniors and Students $7, Children $5
Hours: 12pm-4pm, Wed-Sat

The Grier Musser Museum is a turn-of-the century historic Queen Anne house which displays fascinating antique collections in monthly holiday exhibits throughout the year.

Heritage Square Museum

Heritage Square Museum

3800 Homer Street
Los Angeles, CA  90031
Phone: (323) 225-2700

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children $5
Hours: 12pm-5pm, Fri-Sun

The eight historic structures located at the museum, constructed during the Victorian Era, were saved from demolition and serve as a perfect background to educate the public about Southern California's early development. From the simplicity of the Octagon House to the opulence of the Perry Mansion, the Museum provides a unique look at the lifestyles of the people who contributed so much to the development of modern Los Angeles.

Hollyhock House

Hollyhock House

800 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA  90027
Phone: (323) 644-6269

Year Built: 1921
Admission Price: Adults $7, Seniors $3, Children $2
Hours: 12:30-3:30pm, Wed-Sun

Hollyhock House is Wright's first Los Angeles project. Built between 1919 and 1921, it represents his earliest efforts to develop a regionally appropriate style of architecture for Southern California. Wright himself referred to it as California Romanza, using a musical term meaning "freedom to make one's own form".

Sepulveda House

Sepulveda House

12 W. Olvera St.
Los Angeles, CA  90012
Phone: () -

Year Built: 1887
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: 10am-3pm Tue-Sun

In 1887, Seora Eloisa Martinez de Sepulveda built a two-story Eastlake Victorian style business and residential block on her property between Main and Olvera Street. The Sepulveda House represents the architectural and social transformation of Los Angeles from its early Mexican traditions to a blending of Mexican and Anglo culture.

Malibu

Adamson House

Adamson House

23200 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA  90265
Phone: (310) 456-8432

Year Built: 1929
Admission Price: Adults $5, Children $2
Hours: 11am-3pm, Wed-Sat

This classic Malibu home was built in 1930 for Rhoda Rindge Adamson and her husband, Merritt Huntley Adamson. The house shares its location with one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern California.

Martinez

John Muir National Historic Site

John Muir National Historic Site

4202 Alhambra Ave.
Martinez, CA  94553
Phone: (925) 228-8860

Year Built: 1883
Admission Price: Adults $3
Hours: 10am-5pm, Wed-Sun

The 1883 house is furnished as it was in the late 19th century when it was the home of John Muir, the founder of the Sierra Club.

Marysville

Mary Aaron Museum

Mary Aaron Museum

704 D Street
Marysville, CA  95901
Phone: (530) 743-1004

Year Built: 1855
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: 1pm-4pm, Thu-Sat

The house was a creative adaptation of the Gothic Revival style, designed by one of early Marysville’s principal architects and prominent inventors, Warren P. Miller. Miller remained in the house from the time of its construction in 1855-56, until 1863 when it was purchased by Edgar Woodrow, a Marysville carpenter. It remained in this ownership until January 16, 1875 when William Latham purchased the property, apparently as part of its transfer to Francis William Aaron. The Francis Aaron family with its new son purchased it the same day and moved in. Both generations of this family were also significant to the development of the community, and occupied or owned the property until it was left to the City of Marysville upon the death of its last member, Charles Francis Aaron, in memory of his mother Mary. The house has remained n the ownership of the City of Marysville since that time, serving as a focus for the appreciation of the important heritage of Marysville and Yuba County through educational exhibits, programs, and visitation as a house museum.

Mendocino

Kelley House Museum

Kelley House Museum

45007 Albion Street
Mendocino, CA  95460
Phone: (707) 937-5791

Year Built: 1861
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: Contact Museum

The Kelley House Museum is an historic house museum in the heart of Mendocino, California, a picturesque town of 1,000 people. The home was built in 1861 by William Kelly (sp), one of Mendocino’s founding fathers, and now contains 19th Century furniture.

The Ford House Museum

The Ford House Museum

735 Main Street
Mendocino, CA  95460
Phone: (707) 937-5397

Year Built: 1854
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: 11am-4pm Daily

The Ford House, located in historic Mendocino Village, offers both historic and current information about the area, with a broad selection of brochures, books, cards and other visitor center items. The Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce designated Ford House as the official Visitor Information Center of Mendocino Village.

Modesto

McHenry Mansion

McHenry Mansion

5th & I Streets
Modesto, CA  95354
Phone: (209) 577-5235

Year Built: 1883
Admission Price: Free
Hours: Contact Museum

The McHenry Mansion, built in 1883 by Robert McHenry, prominent local rancher/banker, is a fine example of the Victorian Italianate style of architecture. In 1923, it was converted into apartments and remained as such until 1976 when the Julio R. Gallo Foundation purchased it and donated it to the City of Modesto for restoration and for community use. The Mansion is decorated and furnished with antiques appropriate to the period when Robert and his wife, Matilda inhabited the Mansion (1883-1896).

Monterey

Monterey State Historic Park

Monterey State Historic Park

20 Custom House Plaza
Monterey, CA  93940
Phone: (831) 649-7118

Year Built:
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: Contact Museum

Monterey State Historic Park is a collection of significant historic houses and buildings interspersed throughout Old Monterey. The inside of the Stevenson House, Larkin House, Cooper-Molera Adobe, and Casa Soberanes can ONLY be viewed with a State Park Guide. These four guided house tours, the Guided Walking Tour of Old Monterey, the Pacific House Museum and Custom House are all FREE. Guided Walking Tours begin at the Pacific House Museum in Custom House Plaza – a great way to start your discovery of Monterey.

Mountain View

The Rengstorff House

The Rengstorff House

3070 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA  94043
Phone: (650) 903-6392

Year Built: 1864
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: 11am-5pm, Tue, Wed & Sun

The Rengstorff House is Mountain View's oldest historic house. It is one of the finest examples of Victorian Italianate architecture on the west coast.

Oakhurst

Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park

Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park

School Road
Oakhurst, CA  93644
Phone: (559) 683-6570

Year Built:
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: 10am-2pm Daily

Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park recaptures the flavor of 19th Century life in the Sierra Nevada foothills and mountains of Central California. Eastern Madera County is the southern end of the historic Mother Lode gold fields, but the people who settled here came not so much for gold but more to build their lives and raise their families, making their living as farmers, merchants and using the rich natural resources of the mountains.

Oakland

Camron-Stanford House

Camron-Stanford House

1418 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, CA  94612
Phone: (510) 444-1876

Year Built: 1876
Admission Price: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Children $3
Hours: 1pm-5pm, 3rd Wed of each month

The Camron-Stanford House was built in 1876, the first of many stately homes that once encircled the Lake. During 27 years as a private residence, it was the home of some of Oakland’s most notable families.

Cohen-Bray House

Cohen-Bray House

1440 29th Avenue
Oakland, CA  94601
Phone: (510) 536-1703

Year Built: 1882
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

The uniqueness of this house, what makes it stand out above all others is that it is still lived in by members of the original family. They with the help of the friends and the professionals on the board have made the effort to preserve and protect the original interiors. You will find the furniture, wallpaper, pictures, rugs and personal items such as diaries, shopping lists and wedding presents are still in their places. Tours also include family stories of the neighbor hood and what life was like since the house was built in 1884.

Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate

Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate

2960 Peralta Oaks Court
Oakland, CA  94605
Phone: (925) 275-9490

Year Built: 1899
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

The Dunsmuir mansion, designed by San Francisco architect, J. Eugene Freeman, is an example of Neoclassical-Revival architecture popular in the late 1800s. The 37-room mansion features a Tiffany-style dome, woodpaneled public rooms, 10 fireplaces and inlaid parquet floors within its 16,224 square feet. Servants quarters in the house are designed to accommodate 12 live-in staff.

Pardee Home Museum

Pardee Home Museum

672 Eleventh Street
Oakland, CA  94607
Phone: (510) 444-2187

Year Built: 1868
Admission Price: $5
Hours: See their website

Oakland's Pardee Home is one of the greatest architectural and historical treasures of Northern California. First-time visitors might initially be attracted by the exterior beauty of the house and its gardens, but after entering the house they learn of its outstanding historical importance and of its unique interiors and artifacts from throughout the world

Oroville

C. F. Lott Home

C. F. Lott Home

1067 Montgomery Street
Oroville, CA  95965
Phone: (530) 538-2497

Year Built: 1856
Admission Price: Adults $3
Hours: 11:30-3:30, Sun, Mon, & Fri

Although now over 150 years old, only two generations have lived in this house. Much of the original furnishings are on display to help tell the story of how the well-to-do lived “out west.” The collection includes antique furnishings, paintings, rugs, textiles, clothes, silver, and glassware from the period 1849-1910. A tour of the house reveals stories of the Lott family and their importance to early California (the Judge was also a State Senator). It also retells his daughter, Cornelia’s, love story with Jesse Sank and their eventual happiness. The house contains some unusual features, including the surprise built into the fireplace and an art-deco bathroom.

Palo Alto

Museum of American Heritage

Museum of American Heritage

351 Homer Ave
Palo Alto, CA 
Phone: (650) 321-1004

Year Built: 1907
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 11am-4pm, Fri-Sun

The Museum is housed in the historic residence of Dr. Thomas Williams, a prominent Palo Alto physician. Designed by noted Bay Area architect Ernest Coxhead, this English County Style home, completed in 1907, features classic Craftsman interiors utilizing native materials and an open floor plan. A large craftsman style garage was built a few years later. One wing of the home is designed as a doctor's waiting room, office, and examining room. Although Dr. Williams began his medical practice in this wing, he soon moved his office to downtown Palo Alto. Subsequently, he was joined by other physicians and they eventually formed the nucleus of the Palo Alto Medical Clinic.

Pasadena

Pasadena Musuem of History

Pasadena Musuem of History

470 West Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA  91103
Phone: (626) 577-1660

Year Built: 1906
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Thanks to an extraordinary family legacy, the splendid Mansion on Pasadena's famed "Millionaire's Row," once home to Museum benefactors Dr. Adalbert and Eva Fenyes, is today the crown jewel among the Pasadena Museum of History's many treasures.

The Gamble House

The Gamble House

4 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena, CA  91103
Phone: (626) 793-3334

Year Built: 1908
Admission Price: Adults $10, Seniors & Students $7
Hours: See their website

The Gamble House in Pasadena, California, is an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter and Gamble Company.

Pomona

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Adobe de Palomares

491 E. Arrow Hywy
Pomona, CA  91767
Phone: (909) 620-0264

Year Built: 1854
Admission Price: None
Hours: 2-5pm, Sundays only

Built in 1855 and restored in 1939, the Adobe de Palomares was the 13-room home of Don Ygnacio Palomares and his wife Dona Concepcion Lopez de Palomares. It is listed as a California Historical Landmark (Marker No. 372) and is also registered with the National Register of Historic Places (No. 71000156).

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Philip's Mansion

2640 W. Pomona Blvd
Pomona, CA  91768
Phone: (909) 623-2198

Year Built: 1875
Admission Price: Depends on event
Hours: Only open for events

The Phillips Mansion is a Second Empire style historic house in Pomona, Los Angeles County, California. It was built in 1875 by Louis Phillips, who by the 1890s had become the wealthiest man in Los Angeles County. Situated along the Butterfield Stage route, the Phillips Mansion became a center of community activity in the Pomona and Spadra area. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. (Wikipedia)

Porterville

Zalud House

Zalud House

393 N. Hockett St.
Porterville, CA  93257
Phone: (559) 782-7548

Year Built: 1891
Admission Price: Adults $2, Children $.50
Hours: 10am-1pm, Wed-Sat

Built in 1891, it is one of the few houses of that era that has not undergone remodeling. It has the mansard roof construction, which makes the house unique in its style of architecture.

Rancho Dominguez

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum

18127 S. Alameda St.
Rancho Dominguez, CA  90220
Phone: (310) 603-0088

Year Built:
Admission Price: Free
Hours: See their website

The Rancho San Pedro is the site of the First Spanish land grant in California. The land was granted in 1784 by King Carlos III to Juan Jose Dominguez, a retired Spanish soldier who came to California with the Portola expedition and later with Father Juniperro Serra. The original land grant encompassed 75,000 acres, including the entire Los Angeles harbor. The land has passed through successive generations and remains in the Dominguez family. Today, the descendants operate the Watson Land Company and the Carson Estates Company on the original Rancho land.

Raymond

Raymond Museum,The Charles Miller House

Raymond Museum,The Charles Miller House

31956 Road 608
PO Box 113
Raymond, CA  93653
Phone: (559) 689-1886

Year Built: 1886
Admission Price: FREE
Hours: 11-3 every Sunday year round and by appointment

Board and Batten house built for the station master and stage agent for Yosemite Stage and Southern Pacific Railroad, Charles Miller. The home is listed as a California Point of Historic Interest and contains all local historical items from photographs to artifacts relating to Yosemite travel, ranching, local granite quarries, the early railroad and the house's history. Also of interest is the cellar, supported by columns of the local granite and a caboose being restored on the grounds as well as a doctor's buggy and a railroad baggage wagon.

Redlands

Kimberly Crest House & Gardens

Kimberly Crest House & Gardens

1325 Prospect Drive
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone: (909) 792-2111

Year Built: 1897
Admission Price: Adults $10, Seniors & Students $8, Children $5
Hours: See their website

Kimberly Crest, a picturesque French chateau style home built in 1897. The 7,000 square foot, three-story chateau sits on a six and one quarter acre estate.

Redwood City

Lathrop House

Lathrop House

627 Hamilton Street
Redwood City, CA  94063
Phone: (650) 365-5564

Year Built: 1863
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: See their website

One of the Peninsula’s oldest mansions, Lathrop House is an architectural treasure built in 1863 by San Mateo County’s first assessor-clerk-recorder and chairman of the Board of Supervisors, a man who later helped found the Southern Pacific Railroad and owner of a large tract of land in the Menlo Park area.

Rio Vista

Dutra Museum of Dredging

Dutra Museum of Dredging

345 St. Gertrude Avenue
Rio Vista, CA  94571
Phone: (415) 258-4796

Year Built: 1907
Admission Price: Adult $3, Seniors and Students $2
Hours: By appointment only.

The Dutra Museum of Dredging is a private collection of materials representing the history of sidedraft clamshell dredging in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the role the Dutra family and Dutra companies have played in building the Delta infrastructure. The collection, unique in its scope and size, spans the century that has elapsed since the introduction of steam-powered dredging equipment to the California Delta. The collection is housed in a craftsman style mansion built in 1907 and located in Rio Vista, California. The museums content includes many photographs, log books, ledgers, dredge models, original engineer drawings on linen, mammoth bone extracted from a Delta island and a family history mural that details the Dutra familys beginnings as Portuguese whalers. Noted Delta artist and family friend, Marty Stanley, painted the mural. The home is currently owned by the Dutra Museum Foundation.

Riverside

California Citrus State Historic Park

California Citrus State Historic Park

1879 Jackson Street
Riverside, CA  92504
Phone: (951) 780-6222

Year Built:
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

The park pays tribute to the citrus industry and features a grove of orange trees.

Heritage House

Heritage House

3580 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA  92501
Phone: (951) 826-5273

Year Built: 1891
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: See their website

Queen Anne style house.

Sacramento

Governor\'s Mansion State Historic Park

Governor's Mansion State Historic Park

1526 H Street
Sacramento, CA  95814
Phone: (916) 323-3047

Year Built: 1877
Admission Price: Adults $5, Children $3
Hours: 10am-4pm Daily

California’s executive mansion, popularly known at the Governor’s Mansion, was built in 1877 for Albert and Clemenza Gallatin. Albert was a partner in the Sacramento hardware store of Huntington & Hopkins. The State of California purchased the house from Joseph and Louisa Steffens to use as a home for California’s first families in 1903 for $32,500. Victorian architecture was somewhat out of style by then, but the house was suitably impressive, conveniently located, and comfortable.

Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

800 N Street
Sacramento, CA  95814
Phone: (916) 324-0575

Year Built: 1856
Admission Price: Adults $5, Children $3
Hours: 10am-5pm Daily

After a 14-year, $22 million restoration and rehabilitation, the Mansion is now open to the public as a museum. It also serves the citizens of California as the state’s official reception center for leaders from around the world.

San Diego

Historic Rosecroft Estate

Historic Rosecroft Estate

530 Silvergate Avenue
San Diego, CA  92106
Phone: (916) 412-1535 • Toll Free: (916) 412-1535

Year Built: 1912
Admission Price: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Children $4
Hours: 10am-3pm Tues-Sat. Closed on special occasions.

Established in 1912, Rosecroft Estate has housed guests such as Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and "Dr. Seuss", even hosting his 80th birthday party here. The estate is now used for charity events, weddings, and small photo shoots. Owner Scott Clifton is the sole occupant of the mansion, leaving 8 rooms left in their italian-style decor. We are just starting out as a museum.

Marston House Museum & Gardens

Marston House Museum & Gardens

3525 7th Avenue
San Diego, CA  92115
Phone: (619) 298-3142

Year Built: 1905
Admission Price: See website
Hours: See website

The George and Anna Marston House Museum & Gardens is a beautiful estate that has the main house museum, formal gardens, canyon gardens, planned cultural landscape and museum store in the Carriage House. Listed as one of the top 25 Arts and Crafts buildings in the United States by Style 1900 magazine.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

4002 Wallace Street
San Diego, CA  92110
Phone: (619) 220-5422

Year Built:
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 10am-5pm Daily

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park pays tribute to the cultural influences that make California special. Restored and reconstructed buildings in central San Diego are now museums, shops and restaurants that capture the energy of Old Town between 1821 and 1872. The central plaza is lined with buildings—some dating back to the 1820s—that offer a glimpse of the lifestyles of both ordinary residents and the most wealthy and influential.

The Whaley House Museum

The Whaley House Museum

2476 San Diego Avenue
San Diego, CA 
Phone: (619) 297-9327

Year Built: 1856
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

The building was started with the construction of a granary that later became the courtroom. The two-story house and store addition was designed by Thomas Whaley himself and constructed in 1857. It was the first two-story brick edifice in San Diego, and was built from bricks made in Thomas Whaley's own brickyard. Whaley boasted, "My new house, when completed, will be the handsomest, most comfortable and convenient place in town or within 150 miles of here."

San Francisco

Haas-Lilienthal House

Haas-Lilienthal House

2007 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA  94109
Phone: (415) 441-3000

Year Built: 1886
Admission Price: Adults $8, Seniors and Children $5
Hours: See their website

The exuberant Haas-Lilienthal House is a Queen Anne-style Victorian, and was completed in 1886. It is the only intact private home of the period that is open regularly as a museum, complete with authentic furniture and artifacts. The House has elaborate wooden gables, a circular corner tower and luxuriant ornamentation.

Octagon House

Octagon House

2645 Gough Street
San Francisco, CA  94123
Phone: (415) 441-7512

Year Built: 1861
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: 12-3pm, 2nd Sun, 2nd & 4th Thu

Octagon House, with a view of the Golden Gate from its cupola, was built only a few years after the Gold Rush. The house was a family residence until the late 1920s, when it was acquired by a utility company. Its purchase by the California Society in 1952, for one dollar, and subsequent restoration in 1953, saved this charming landmark for future generations. Octagonal in shape, the exterior remains essentially in its original condition, while the interior has been extensively modified for use as California Society headquarters and a hospitable setting for social occasions.

San Jose

History Park at Kelley Park

History Park at Kelley Park

1650 Senter Road
San Jose, CA  95112
Phone: () -

Year Built:
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 11am-5pm, Tue-Sun

With 27 original and reproduction homes, businesses and landmarks History Park highlights Santa Clara Valley's past. Complete with paved streets, running trolleys and a cafe, this 14-acre site has the charm and ambiance of times gone by. The VPA's project, the Hill House, can be toured.

New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum

New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum

21350 Almaden Road
San Jose, CA  95120
Phone: (408) 323-1107

Year Built: 1854
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 12-4pm Fri, 10am-4pm Sat-Sun

Recently restored, the Casa Grande was built in 1854 as the residence for the manager of the New Almaden Mines, the mercury mine that was the first and richest of all mines in California. Located in the New Almaden National Landmark Historic district, the 3-story Casa Grande was designed by prominent San Francisco architect Gordon Parker Cummings as brick covered by stucco and fronted with a veranda supported by slender wooden columns. The grounds were landscaped to include exotic plants, a lake for boating and swimming, and a sweeping lawn ideal for playing croquet. In the past, Casa Grande has been used as a club, restaurant, bar, and commercial business. Today it houses the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum as well as period rooms furnished to reflect wealthy Victorian tastes in the late 1880s.

Peralta Adobe - Fallon House Historic Site

Peralta Adobe - Fallon House Historic Site

175 West Saint John Street
San Jose, CA  95110
Phone: (408) 918-1047

Year Built:
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: Contact Museum

The Peralta Adobe is San José’s oldest address. Built in 1797, the Peralta Adobe is the last remaining structure from El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. The exquisite Fallon House was built in 1855 by one of San José’s earliest mayors. The Victorian mansion showcases 15 fully furnished rooms typical of the Victorian period.

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

525 S. Winchester Blvd.
San Jose, CA  95128
Phone: (408) 247-2101

Year Built: 1884
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

If you can look past all the hype about how crazy Sarah Winchester was, and instead concentrate on what she did with the incredible wealth she inherited, what you'll see is an amazing Victorian filled with some of the finest woodwork, lincrusta, and art glass of the period. Then again some of it you won't see because Sarah built right over it. VPA members wish they could have just a few minutes unescorted in the storeroom. Here you'll find a great collection of doors, windows, and rolls and rolls of lincrustra that never made it into Sarah's plans. If you want to see the house at its best, visit during the Christmas holidays, when many of the rooms get decorated by local non-profit groups. To brag just a little, the VPA has won the decorating contest the last six years in a row. We also have some cool historical picts of the mansion.

San Juan Bautista

San Juan Bautista State Historic Park

San Juan Bautista State Historic Park

Second St at Washington & Mari
San Juan Bautista, CA  95045
Phone: (831) 623-4881

Year Built:
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: 10am-4:30pm, Tue-Sun

The park includes several structures built in the 1800s. The four main historic museums are the Plaza Hotel, the Zanetta House/Plaza Hall, the Plaza Stables, and the newly reopened Castro-Breen Adobe. Many of the interiors are arranged as furnished vignettes or with colorful and informative exhibits that help create a unique learning environment for people of all ages. The park also features a blacksmith shop, the historic jail, and an early American settler’s cabin.

San Ramon

Glass House Museum

Glass House Museum

19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd.
San Ramon, CA  94583
Phone: (925) 973-3284

Year Built: 1877
Admission Price: $5 age 3 and older
Hours: 10am-2pm, second Saturday of each month and by appointment

In 1997, Ruth Quayle Boone bequeathed the 16-acre Boone family farm known as Forest Home Farms to the City of San Ramon for use as a municipal historic park in memory of her husband, Travis Moore Boone. The 16-acre farm is located at the base of the East Bay Hills and Oak Creek divides it in two almost equal parts. The southern portion of the property is home to the Glass House Museum, a Victorian style home and its tank house built in 1877. The Glass House is a two-story, wood frame dwelling with a one-story rear wing. The tank house, somewhat modified from historic condition, is a two-story, wood-frame structure that is probably slightly later in date than the house. The Glass House has recently been restored to its original beauty and is open for tours and a Vicotrian Life education program

San Simeon

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

750 Hearst Castle Road
San Simeon, CA  93452
Phone: (805) 927-2010 • Toll Free: (800) 444-4445

Year Built: 1919
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

William Randolph Hearst hired Julia Morgan to build him a little something. They ended up with a mansion that has 165 rooms filled with magnificent artwork and furniture. The estate has 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways. Several different tours are available. Take them all!

Santa Ana

Heritage Museum of Orange County

Heritage Museum of Orange County

3010 W. Harvard Street
Santa Ana, CA  92704
Phone: (714) 540-0404

Year Built: 1898
Admission Price: Adults $5, Seniors & Children $4, Students $3.
Hours: Fri. 1-5; Sun. 11-3

The Heritage Museum of Orange County is a cultural and natural history center dedicated to providing hands-on educational programs that emphasizw history, heritage, and diversity of Orange County and California. The Museum is also committed to preserving and restoring the historic buildings and artifacts that have been entrusted to our care.

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Santa Barbara Historical Museum

136 East De la Guerra Street
Santa Barbara, CA  93101
Phone: (805) 966-1601

Year Built:
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: Contact Museum

Fernald Mansion & Trussell-Winchester Adobe are currently closed for restoration.

Santa Clara

Harris - Lass House Museum

Harris - Lass House Museum

1889 Market Street
Santa Clara, CA 
Phone: (408) 249-7905

Year Built: 1865
Admission Price: Adults $3, Seniors $2, Children $1
Hours: See their website

It is the last farm site in the city of Santa Clara and is named for the two families who owned and lived on the property for 125 years. The museum consists of the house, a classic California barn, summer kitchen, tank house and landscaped gardens. The house was built in 1865 in the Italianate style — balanced and symmetrical. In the 1890’s it was extensively enlarged and remodeled, changing the symmetry of the original design. It is fully furnished, most of the furniture and contents having belonged to the Lass family.

Santa Rosa

Luther Burbank Home & Gardens

Luther Burbank Home & Gardens

204 Santa Rosa Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA  95404
Phone: (707) 524-5445

Year Built:
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Luther Burbank was born in Lancaster, Massachusetts, on March 7, 1849. In California, his birthday is celebrated as Arbor Day and trees are planted in his memory. The famed horticulturist made his home in Santa Rosa for more than 50 years and it was here that he conducted plant-breeding experiments that brought him world renown.

Saratoga

McWilliams House

McWilliams House

20460 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road
Saratoga, CA  95070
Phone: (408) 867-4311

Year Built: 1850
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 1-4 PM Friday, Saturday, Sunday

This pioneer cottage was built in the 1850's and is one of the oldest homes in Saratoga. Built by blacksmith Henry Jarboe, the house was sold to another blacksmith, James McWilliams in 1864. The house is made of local redwood using single-wall construction; there are no studs.

Villa Montalvo

Villa Montalvo

15400 Montalvo Road
Saratoga, CA  95070
Phone: (408) 961-5800

Year Built:
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Set on 175 stunning acres of open space with 2.5 miles of hiking trails in the midst of Silicon Valley, Montalvo Arts Center occupies a historic Mediterranean-style villa and hosts three performing arts venues, a 10-studio artist residency complex and a formal Italianate garden. Built in 1912 by Senator James Phelan, California's first elected senator, Montalvo was bequeathed by Phelan to the state of California to serve as a site for the advancement of art, music, literature and architecture.

Sonoma

Sonoma SHP & General Vallejo Home

Sonoma SHP & General Vallejo Home

363 3rd Street West
Sonoma, CA  95476
Phone: (707) 938-9560

Year Built: 1850
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 10am-5pm Daily

In 1850 General Vallejo, now an elected State Senator, purchased some acreage at the foot of the hills, one-half mile west and north of Sonomas central plaza. The land surrounded a fine, free- flowing spring that the Indians had called Chiucuyem (tears of the mountain). Vallejo retained this name for his new estate, but translated it into Latin, Lachryma Montis.

South Lake Tahoe

Hellman-Ehrman Mansion

Hellman-Ehrman Mansion

Hwy 89
South Lake Tahoe, CA 
Phone: (530) 525-7982

Year Built: 1903
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

In 1897, San Francisco businessman I. W. Hellman began buying property at Sugar Pine Point and by 1913 had acquired nearly 2000 acres. His grand but informal summer home, called Pine Lodge, was completed in 1903 and was considered to be one of the finest in the high Sierra. His daughter, Florence Hellman Ehrman inherited the estate and she and her husband Sydney spent many summers here entertaining family and friends.

Tallac Historic Site

Tallac Historic Site

Hwy 89
South Lake Tahoe, CA  96150
Phone: (530) 543-2600

Year Built:
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

A century ago, what is now the Tallac Historic Site held the "Grandest Resort in the World" and the summer retreats for three of San Francisco Bay Area`s socially elite families. Today, the remains of the resort and the restored estates attract thousands of visitors annually to recapture this bygone and significant era in Tahoe`s history. The Tallac Historic Site offers something for everyone and is adjacent to Kiva picnic area and the Taylor Creek Visitor Center. Many paths and most buildings are accessible.

Walnut Creek

Shadelands Ranch Museum

Shadelands Ranch Museum

2660 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
Phone: (925) 935-7871

Year Built: 1903
Admission Price: Adults: $3, Students (ages 6-17): $1, Children und
Hours: Tours offered Wednesday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. mid-February through mid-November

Built by Walnut Creek pioneer Hiram Penniman (1824-1907), the main house on the Shadelands Ranch grounds is a 1903 Redwoood-framed Colonial Revival structure that now showcases numerous historical artifacts, many of which belonged to the Pennimans. It also houses a rich archive of Contra Costa and Walnut Creek history in its collections of old newspapers, photographs, and government records.

Wilmington

The Banning Museum

The Banning Museum

401 East M Street
Wilmington, CA  90744
Phone: (301) 548-7777

Year Built: 1864
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

The 23-room residence remains the finest example of domestic Greek Revival architecture in Southern California. The house interiors have been carefully restored to their Victorian beauty, and 18 rooms are open to the public.

Woodland

Gibson House

Gibson House

512 Gibson Road
Woodland, CA  95695
Phone: (530) 666-1045

Year Built: 1857
Admission Price: Adults $5, Childen $3
Hours: 1-4pm, first Sat and last Sun of each month

The Gibson House is unique because it is the only historic home in Yolo County open to the public. The main themes of the museum are the establishment and development of farming and ranching in Yolo County, as shown through the life and work of William Byas Gibson and his family. The Gibson House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Woodside

Filoli

Filoli

86 Canada Road
Woodside, CA  94062
Phone: (650) 364-8300

Year Built: 1915
Admission Price: Adults $15, Seniors $12, Students $5, Children 4 y
Hours: Tue-Sun, Feb-Oct

Recognized as one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century, Filoli welcomes the public to this remarkable 654-acre property, including the 36,000 sq. ft Georgian country house and spectacular 16-acre English Renaissance garden. Filoli is a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Victorian Preservation Association - P.O. Box 586 - San Jose, CA 95106-0586 - Email:info@vpa.org

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