The Benicia Historical society began in 1973. The purpose of the society is to bring together people interested in the history of Benicia and California. The society works to preserve the history and heritage of our city for future generations. Our goal is to enhance historic Benicia through education, communication and community involvement.
March 20, 2014
“CITY FATHER AS STATE FOUNDER:
ROBERT SEMPLE AND THE CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION”
Professor Greg Tilles
Benicia Historical Society Historian
March 8th & 9th , 2014
The San Leandro Historical Railway Society is proud to present their upcoming Open House & Model Train Show! Visitors of all ages are welcome to come learn about the history of the railroads in the East Bay, watch society members operate model trains on our indoor and outdoor scale layouts, and learn more about the hobby of model railroading. They even have a special interactive Children’s Area on their larger scale Garden Railroad for kids to enjoy and play conductor!
The show will take place at the San Leandro Depot, 1302 Orchard Ave. in San Leandro. Admission is free and they will be having a bake sale and a raffle for train prizes. They are a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation.
Benicia Historical Society presents
Vintage Home & Garden Tour
Saturday, May 10, 2014 — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Two Benicia landmarks will be among the properties to open their doors to the public as part of Benicia Historical Society’s annual home and garden tour.
The Fish-Riddell mansion on West K Street and the Frisbie-Walsh house on East L Street will be among several homes and gardens featured on the tour. Tour hours will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 10, the day before Mother’s Day. Tour participants can round out their visit to Benicia at the monthly Art Walk, scheduled that day from 3 to 7 p.m.
The Fish-Riddell mansion (245 West K Street) is an impressive Queen Anne Victorian that is in excellent condition. The home features a turret and has a mahogany staircase and mantels, stained-glass windows and decorative plaster brackets. It is the most elaborate of the 19th-century homes that still stand in Benicia.
The Frisbie-Walsh house (235 East L Street) was recently restored to a single-family home after several years as a bed-and-breakfast. Elements of the home were pre-fabricated on the East Coast and shipped around Cape Horn to Benicia. Assembly and final construction were completed in 1850, and the home is considered to be the earliest Gothic Revival structure on the West Coast.
Also featured on the tour will be the Leary house at 140 E. G Street. This home has been occupied by members of the Clyne family since the turn of the 20th century. It is an example of Queen Victorian architecture with strong Colonial Revival details. This house also has been restored recently.
Other homes and gardens also will be included in the tour. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the tour. Tickets will be available online at www.beniciahistoricalsociety.org starting April 10, and at Camellia Tea Room in downtown Benicia and Steve’s Hallmark at the Southampton shopping center. Proceeds will benefit Benicia Historical Society programs, including restoration of the Von Pfister General Store.
Tour participants are asked to wear soft-soled shoes. Children are not allowed on the tour, and backpacks, baby carriers and strollers are not permitted in the homes. Please note the homes and gardens are not wheelchair accessible.
For more information, contact Vicki Cullen at (707) 315-6434 or Jerry Hayes at (707) 746-6689 or visit www.beniciahistoricalsociety.org.
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