The Bernhard Museum Complex, located in Auburn, features one of Placer County’s oldest structures. The two story section of the house was built in 1851 and was a hotel called the Traveler’s Rest. In 1856, the hotel proprietors, George Bishop and John Long, added a one story section. The hotel became a private residence in 1858 and was eventually sold to Bernhard Bernhard, a German immigrant, in 1868. Though wine grapes and some fruit orchards already existed on the property, Mr. Bernhard improved these operations. He built a stone winery in 1874 and a brick wine processing building in 1881, and he expanded his property and planted more fruit trees. The Bernhard family lived on the property for almost one hundred years.
The house, the stone winery and the wine processing building have been restored. The interior of the house interprets a Victorian home circa 1890. Docents dressed in Victorian costume provide guided tours of the house to visitors.
The Native Sons of the Golden West built a Carriage Barn on the property, which houses many of their restored wagons. A Summer Kitchen was added in 2007 as part of the Placer County Museums Living History Program. Each year, about 3,000 third grade students in the region come to the Bernhard Museum to experience aspects of life on a 19th century farm.
The Bernhard Museum Complex is located at 291 Auburn Folsom Road in Auburn, California.
Driving Directions: From eastbound I-80, take the Maple Street exit in Auburn and stay straight. Continue through two stoplights. Turn left at Fairgate/Racetrack Street (where the 7-11 is). The entrance to the museum will be on your immediate left.
From westbound I-80, take the Hwy 49 Grass Valley/Placerville exit and turn right onto Hwy 49. Turn right onto Lincoln Way, left at the next stoplight onto Auburn Folsom Road, and then follow the directions above.