The Cambria Historical Museum and Heirloom Gardens were established in 2008, after a seven year project to restore the 1870 Guthrie Bianchini House, which had been involved in litigations for 50 years. It was returned to its former glory, and furnished to typify a turn of the century domicile in the prime corner location.
It serves as the centerpiece for the East Village’s historical district, and the starting point for the Walking Tour of 26 vintage structures which CHS marked with bronze plaques for Cambria’s Sesquicentennial (2016). An illustrated guidebook is available in the gift shop with other informational and entertaining books and unique items. Some permanent exhibits in the former bedroom are enhanced by a rotation of displays about the area’s inhabitants, industries, and points of interest.
The Annual Heritage Day in May and Harvest Festival in October celebrate all things old fashioned, and help to support the museum and the adjacent Moure Resource Center in the blue 1880s house, which CHS acquired about five years ago. That houses the society’s office, artifacts, extensive archives, and photo collection.
The most recent acquisition is the 1881 Schoolhouse, which CHS had moved in three pieces for the second time from its origin along Santa Rosa Creek to the Main Street entrance to the town. Funded by generous donors and grants, and dedicated to Phoebe Apperson Hearst (co-founder of the P.T.A.), the completed structure and access will provide students to interact in an actual educational program better than previously at the museum. There will be occasional events for the public to enjoy, also.
Since the pandemic, Cambria Historical Society is eager to resume action-packed opportunities for folks to visit, including the popular monthly series of Speakers in the Parlor about the area and local characters. New members, docents, and gardeners are encouraged to join in the fun as we continue to grow!