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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.