Visit

The Museum is always FREE. Watch for the OPEN sign and stop in for a visit.

Take a step back into history. The original road from the 1800s runs through the two-acre property and four separate buildings house an extensive collection of items and photographs of historical significance to the area. The property is pet friendly and the buildings are handicapped accessible, so visitors and travelers of all ages will enjoy this educational “way station” stop on the way up or down the mountain.

Drive through the gate, over the hill and park near the Barn. A docent volunteer will greet you, ask you to sign our guestbook, and offer you a tour or tell you how to explore on your own. You can make a quick stop or take your time. We hope you come back often.

This is a photo of the Kennedy Barn.
You will find the Business and Research Office, Gift Shop, Restrooms, and a WiFi hotspot here.

The Kennedy Barn
This big, old barn was built by Hazel Kennedy and her son Patrick with lumber that was floated down from the Sugar Pine Lumber Mill. The Kennedy Barn houses hundreds of historical items, artifacts, and photographs of everyday mountain life dating back to the original indigenous people, the exciting Gold Rush and Mining era, and early pioneer ranching times in and around Coarsegold.

This is a photo of the old adobe building from the 1890s.
The Old Adobe is listed as a Point of Historical Interest by the State of California

This historic “packed adobe” is original to the property and was built with rocks and mud in the late 1890s. It served as a way station for freight wagons that brought supplies up the mountains from the valley. The Adobe has been restored, and rooms were added as families lived there over the years. Today the Adobe displays antique furnishings and items typical of its rich history.

This is a photo of the old Picayne Schoolhouse used by local Indian children.
The Picayune School is a designated local Historical Landmark by Madera County

The Picayune School was used by the local Indian children from 1913-1956. It is the only one-room schoolhouse in the local mountain areas to be displayed as a school and is furnished with items dating to the period of its original use. The picnic area next to the schoolhouse provides welcome shade on hot days in the foothills.

This is a photo of a blacksmith shop.
During special events visitors can watch a professional blacksmith at work.

The Blacksmith Shop is functional and was constructed by volunteers in 2012 with 100-year-old cedar planks salvaged from a barn on the Al Veater Ranch in Coarsegold.

This is a photograph of a typical Chuckchansi and Yokut Native American village. It shows two teepees made of cedar bark, a firepit and other structures for processing acorns.

The Native American Village is typical of the Chukchansi and Yokut people and was built on the hill across from the Adobe by the Morris Family in 2010. It features two cedar bark teepees, ten grinding holes, an acorn leaching table, a fire pit, and an acorn granary.