Stagecoach Inn (California)
Grand Union Hotel
Stagecoach Inn, September 2008
|Location||51 Ventu Park Rd., Newbury Park, California|
|NRHP Reference #||75000495|
|Added to NRHP||December 30, 1975|
The Stagecoach Inn in Newbury Park, California, originally known as the Grand Union Hotel, was used as a resting area for people who traveled from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. It is California Historical Landmark no. 659 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Grand Union Hotel was built in 1876 near what is now the Ventura Freeway and Ventu Park Road. Its redwood lumber came by sea and was freighted up the steep Conejo Grade (between Thousand Oaks and Camarillo) by multiteam wagons. From 1887 to 1901, the hotel served as a regular depot for the Coast Stage Line, which carried both passengers and mail.
Following the drought of 1877- 78 Hammell no longer owned the hotel. After passing through several owners, it was purchased in 1885 by Cecil Haigh, an Englishman. H. Allen Hays, grandson of Cecil Haigh, gave the building and about four acres of land at the present location to the CVHS, who later deeded the property to the Conejo Recreation and Park District in return for a 50-year renewable lease to operate the facilities for cultural and educational purposes. In the 1960s, the hotel was threatened with demolition by the expansion of the Ventura Freeway, but it was granted Historical Landmark status and moved to its present location in 1965. On April 25, 1970, a fire entirely destroyed the museum and its contents. Although the reconstructed museum was dedicated and opened on July 4, 1976, the second floor was not completed until 1980. The structure was rebuilt using the original Monterey style architecture. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Today, the inn is owned by the Conejo Recreation and Park Department and operated as a historic museum. The museum includes a replica of Timber School (originally built in 1889), the carriage house and blacksmith shop, a nature trail, and the 'Tri-Village', a small group of three houses: the pioneer house, the adobe, and the Chumash village. There is also a gift shop located inside the museum. Volunteers operate the museum, although it is run by the Conejo Valley Historical Society. There is also a Jr. Docent program for children and teenagers aged 8–18.
The Stagecoach Inn is allegedly haunted, and is considered one of California's most famous haunted places.
The Stagecoach Inn is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 1-4 pm., in Newbury Park, CA.
- "Stagecoach Inn". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
- National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Bill Locey, "Out & About: Ventura County; family jaunts; On the Stagecoach Trail; Tours of inn offer window on late 19th-century life," Los Angeles Times, February 24, 2000
- Matthew Mosk, "Hands-On Lessons in Local History Education: At the Stagecoach Inn Museum, wide-eyed schoolchildren experience life as it was in 1894 in the Conejo Valley," Los Angeles Times, November 22, 1994
- Shari Lynn Wigle, "Museums Stagecoach Inn: Ghostly Guest Landmark Hotel's Historic Appeal Spiced Up by Legend of Apparition Sightings in `Haunted' Room," Los Angeles Times, May 3, 1990
- William S. Murphy, "The Authentic Stagecoach Inn - Where Time Stopped," Los Angeles Times, March 12, 1988