Paso Robles, California is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco and in the heart of California's Wine Country. But, there's more to Paso Robles than wine and vineyards. Discover the history of Paso Robles and the surrounding area by visiting the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum.
The Paso Robles Pioneer Museum is a collection of visual and written history of Paso Robles and the surrounding areas. Included as a part of the museum is the Geneseo School House. It was originally located 11 miles east of Paso Robles. This one-room schoolhouse was used up until 1962. It was donated to the museum in 2004 and moved to the current site. It represents a typical one-room classroom before and after the turn of the century. There are also many school artifacts on display.
Also on the museum property is a windmill, which serves as a reminder of its importance to local farmers and ranchers for pumping water. Take a step back in time at the counter of the country store where there's also a Post Office complete with pigeonhole mailboxes in the back of the store.
The museum also demonstrates the life of the housewife and her importance in the home. There's a wood-burning stove that was used to heat irons for pressing clothes and for cooking three meals per day. The stove had to be kept burning regardless of the temperature outside to be used for the indoor chores.
There is also an extensive collection of transportation ranging from carriages, wagons and motorcars. And, of course, there are tools of every kind and description that were used by the farmers and ranchers.
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites is located in Paso Robles with convenient access to the Pioneer Museum and many wineries of the area.