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I;m not usually one for touring a period home but driving by the Bernhard Museum and seeing its bright white colors and well kept buildings lured me in. It was time well spent and I would encourage anyone interested in what gold rush life was like for a well to do family in the late 1800's to visit.

While walking the grounds and taking pictures I was offered a personal tour by Bev Jones who is a docent and storehouse of information who works as a volunteer for the museum. She explained to me that the structure was built in 1851 by George Bishop and John Long as the Traveler’s Rest Hotel. The reason that it was built there is because it was right on the main stage coach trail between Auburn and Folsom. She explained to me that the house and is one of Auburn’s oldest surviving buildings. The Bernhard home was either purchased or deeded to the Placer County Historical Society in the 1970's.

In 1868, the building became the home of Bernhard family. The Bernhard’s and their descendants lived here for nearly 100 years. Mr. Bernhard became a pioneer in the field of viticulture. Vines were planted, a wine storage building was constructed more land purchased, and in 1874 the two story stone winery was built.

A tour inside of the house is well worth the time. The house is furnished in time appropriate artifcats, many of them original, to show what life was like in the 1860's. The parlor and the kitchen were particularly impressive and well done.

Set on 2.3 acres and adjacent to the Placer County Fairgrounds, the Bernhard Museum Complex includes the Bernhard residence, wine storage building, wine processing building, and a barn.
The wine processing building contains artifacts pertaining to winemaking and barrel making. A hearse, sleigh, buggies, wagons, and blacksmithing equipment are on display in the barn.

Address: 291 Auburn Folsom Road

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 1, 2011
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