Hidden in the green oasis of Grapevine Canyon in far northern Death Valley, the Death Valley Ranch, or Scotty's Castle as it is more commonly known, is a window into the life and times of the Roaring 20's and Depression 30's.It was and is an engineer's dream home, a wealthy matron's vacation home and a man-of-mystery's hideout and getaway.The park features seven historic buildings including the Kolb House, a 1911 Craftsman Bungalow.The house contains beautiful original Arts & Crafts furnishings that belonged to this German immigrant family.City of Alameda Monument #26, the family home of renowned architect Henry H.Meyers, responsible for many civic structures in the East Bay.People flocked to Bodie and transformed it from a town of a few dozen to a boomtown. The Camarillo Ranch was originally a 10,000 acre Spanish land grant created in 1837, patented to Gabriel Ruiz in 1866, then purchased by Juan Camarillo in 1875.His son Adolfo built the Queen Anne Victorian home in 1892.
Built in 1883 by Dr Oscar Stansbury, the home stands today as it did at the turn of the century.The house was orginally a hotel on another site in town and after extensive fire damage, Joseph and Catherine Fischer moved and remodeled the building for their home in 1856.The house was occupied by successive generations of the family until it was donated to the State of California in 1969.Designed by architect Albert Austin Bennett, the Queen Anne Cottage and Coach Barn were built for Elias J. Painted red and white the buildings are listed together on the National Register as remarkable examples of Victorian architecture as well as the surrounding landscape which is a rare remnant Victorian landscape in Southern California.
The historic Bernhard Museum Complex has seen over 150 years of history roll by.
It has been restored as a completely furnished home representative of middle-class living in the late 1800's in Benicia.