The Village of Arroyo Grande
Museums in “The Village” 

Six museums and a historic reference library capture the South County history with artifacts dating back to the early days of local settlers.  See below for more information.

Ruby's House

Is located at 134 S. Mason St.  It contains The Patricia Loomis History Library and Research Center. The home was constructed in the late 1800's and has been restored to its original beauty.  It can be rented for weddings as it includes a bridal room and catering kitchen.  Ruby's House is operated by the South County Historical Society and is open weekdays, 1-5 pm.

Odd Fellow Hall arroyo grande

I.O.O.F. Hall

This building is on the National Register of Historical Places and was the meeting place for the Odd Fellows.  It was built in 1902 on land donated in 1898 by Mrs. Elston.  Ben Stuart, a local contractor did the stone work.  This two and half story structure is faced with native sandstone which came from a quarry south of Arroyo Grande. The building was completed in six months at a cost of $5,500. It was dedicated on January 10, 1903.  Since 1985, the hall has been occupied and used for functions by the South County Historical Society.  It is located at 128 Bridge St.

The Barn Museum Arroyo Grande CA

The Barn Museum

The Barn Museum is located on Short Street next to the School House in Heritage Square. It was built in 2005 to store and display many artifacts from the agricultural history of the Arroyo Grande Valley, as well as several antique vehicles and carriages.The Barn is operated by the South County Historical Society and is open Saturdays, 12-3 pm and Sundays,1-3 pm.

Heritage House Arroyo Grande CA

Heritage House

This building and garden are located at 126 S. Mason St.  This home was built in the late 1800's but the exact date is unknown. Records show the property was sold in 1895 to Charles A. Pitman.  In 1906 the house was then sold to Dr. H.S. Walters and was known for many years as "Dr. Walter's Sanitarium.  Through the years, several families resided in the house.  In 1948, it was turned into a duplex and the Travis and Roundtree families lived there. The Roundtrees owned the house and sold it to Travis in 1961.  The home was then purchased by the city of Arroyo Grande in December, 1976.  It was utilized as a day care center and home of the Parks and Recreation Department.  In 1997, the South County Historical Society acquired the home and performed a major restoration by converting it into a cultural museum and visitor center. A gazebo and period garden were renovated and are used for social events and weddings. The restoration work was done by volunteers from the society, community, and local businesses.  Museum Hours are Saturdays, 12-3 pm and Sundays, 1-3 pm.

San Manuela Schoolhouse Arroyo Grande CA

Santa Manuela Schoolhouse

This is one of the few remaining one-room schools in the county.  The school house was built in 1901 on the corner of the Joseph Jatta property, which is now UNDER Lopez Lake.  It remained in use until 1957.  It was eventually moved to where the school bus barn currently resides.  It remained at that location until 1999 when, with the cooperation with the Village Improvement Association and the City of Arroyo Grande, the school was moved to Short Street adjacent to the swinging bridge.   

The school house building is completely restored to its original use including the school books, maps, slate boards, pictures, etc.  It is currently owned and maintained by the South County Historical Society and is open for viewing on Saturdays, 12-3 pm and on Sundays, 1-3 pm.

Heritage House Arroyo Grande CA

Paulding History House

The Paulding House is located at 551 Crown Hill St.  it was the home of Dr. Edwin Paulding, Arroyo Grande's first permanent doctor who came to the town in 1882.  He married his bride Clara (Edwards) and their daughter, Ruth was born in the home.  Dr. Paulding was a talented woodworker and the house is filled with amazing artifacts of the 19th century.  Ruth became a teacher and taught in the local schools for many years.  She died in 1985 at the age of 93 and generously left the house and contents to the San Luis Obispo County Historical Society.  The property was then passed on to the South County Hisotrical Society in 1998 where it is now open  for viewing on the first Saturday of the month from 1-3 pm.  

San Manuela Schoolhouse Arroyo Grande CA


The tiny one-roomed jail over looking downtown Arroyo Grande from Le Point Street is known as the Hoosegow. It was believed to have been constructed around 1910 for use by the County Constable. One of the first orders of business, for the new city, was to correspond with the County Board of Supervisors to ask for the privilege of using the branch county jail. This request was recorded in the City Council minutes of July 26, 1911.The jail is of concrete construction measuring about eight inches thick. Besides the door, there are only three other openings in the structure. These are very high windows about ten inches by twelve inches cris-crossed with metal bars. The single entrance is constructed of a heavy iron door which is secured by and oversized padlock.Fortunately, the jail has been preserved and is surrounded by a small park maintained by the City of Arroyo Grande known as the "Hoosegow Park".