This is a sponsored post through Conejo Valley. All opinions, thoughts and photographs are our own.
During our recent stay in Conejo Valley, we had the opportunity to tour the Stagecoach Inn and Museum. If your love history, especially western and/or old California, or live in the Conejo Valley, this is a must-see. And as a bonus, if you’re a fan of anything vintage, you’ll be in heaven!
The Stagecoach Inn has celebrations throughout the year, including one for the upcoming Christmas holidays. It’s also a perfect setting for weddings.
Built in 1876, it was originally called the Grand Union Hotel. The museum features docent led tours that are quite informative. The history-filled rooms are furnished with antiques enhanced by docents dressed in clothing of the era.
The elegant dining room is set for dinner, and upstairs guest rooms look just as they would have circa 1876.
The rooms are simply beautiful. It looks and feels as if the family is still living there and you are a guest. The tour is like taking a step back in time.
My favorite room is the library/sewing room. Two of my favorite things all wrapped up into one delightful setting! Much like my studio at home where I sew, craft, read and write.
The Stagecoach Inn Museum is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is also a California Registered Historical landmark. These designations should earn the museum a place on your bucket list!
The Timber School sits about 50 yards from the Inn. It’s a perfect replica of a one-room schoolhouse, circa 1888. It’s complete with blackboards, desks, an organ and a woodstove. Visitors can sit at an antique desk, use a slate, and ring the Timber School bell (which David does in our video!). This delightful schoolhouse just might take you back to ‘Little House on the Prairie days’!
Take a walk around the Inn and you can peer inside dwellings that reflect distinct historic eras of the Conejo Valley. The Newberry Pioneer House provides insight into a bygone residence and way of life.
A Chumash village depicts living quarters for those who historically inhabited the central and southern coastal regions of California many, many years ago.
You’ll also find the Nature Trail and a 300-year-old Sycamore tree. Dusk was rapidly approaching so we weren’t able to take the hiking trail. We’ll save that adventure for next time.
He says: There is so much that can be learned from the past. And talk about a trip down memory lane?! The one-room school house was so interesting. And how earlier settlers lived. We’ve come along way by building upon the way things used to be. Makes me even more grateful and appreciative of the modern conveniences we now maybe take for granted. Something that has stayed constant is the beauty of the Conejo Valley and surrounding Californina landscape.
She says: I love museums and I love history. Every road trip David and I have ever taken has led us to fascinating historic landmarks and museums. The Stagecoach Inn and Museum did not disappoint. We will most definitely visit again and explore the nature trail. And that 300-year-old Sycamore? Oh yes!!
Who: David and Cathi
When: September 27, 2017
Where: Stagecoach Inn and Museum
51 South Ventu Park Road
Newbury Park, CA 91320
Website: Stagecoach Inn Museum