Washoe House

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Washoe House
Washoe House in 2007, viewed from the south
General information
Town or cityStony Point, California
CountryUnited States
Coordinates38°18′51″N 122°44′09″W / 38.3143°N 122.7358°W / 38.3143; -122.7358Coordinates: 38°18′51″N 122°44′09″W / 38.3143°N 122.7358°W / 38.3143; -122.7358

Washoe House is a historic roadhouse in Sonoma County, California in the United States. It is located west of Cotati, California at the juncture of Stony Point Road and Roblar Road. It lies near the headwaters of Washoe Creek and is the defining landmark of the unincorporated community of Stony Point[1] (not to be confused with Stony Point, California, a former name of Lakeport, CA).


Robert Ayres built the house in 1859, and it became a stop on the stagecoach routes connecting the towns of Petaluma, Santa Rosa, and Bodega during the 19th century.[2]

In 1865, following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Major James Armstrong's Emmett Rifles (or Hueston Guard) rode up Stony Point Road, intent on taking vengeance against Democrats in Santa Rosa, only to turn back after stopping at this tavern. This incident became known as The Battle of Washoe House.[3]

According to local tradition,[4] Ulysses S. Grant once made a speech from the balcony of Washoe House; historical evidence for this is lacking, however.[5]

A portion of the 1999 movie True Crime was filmed at Washoe House.[6]

At various times, it has served as a hotel, butcher shop, post office, community hall, and stagecoach stop.[7]

It is still operating as a restaurant and bar as of November 2018.[8][9]

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  1. ^ "Stony Point". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Washoe House". Markeroni. Retrieved 2007-11-30.
  3. ^ LeBaron, Gaye (March 5, 1989). "Rebels plan the capture of Yankee Petaluma". Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  4. ^ Yskamp, Amanda (February 28, 2007). "Roadhouse Roundup". MetroActive. Retrieved 2007-11-30.
  5. ^ LeBaron, Gaye (September 30, 1990). "It was a long way to Gettysburg" (PDF). Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. Retrieved 2007-11-30.
  6. ^ "Filming locations for True Crime (1999)". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-11-30.
  7. ^ "Historic Landmark 41: Washoe House". County of Sonoma. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  8. ^ Watts, Katie (2014-06-08). "Covered in layers of history". The Press Democrat. Santa Rosa, CA. p. T-1. Retrieved 2014-06-08.
  9. ^ Sweet, Carey (2015-07-21). "Petaluma's historic Washoe House restaurant sold". SFGate. San Francisco, CA.

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