The Conejo Valley’s First Fourth of July Picnic was held in 1877
Families traveled from all around by buggy and wagon to the banks of Triunfo Creek, in what is now the Westlake Village area. They gathered wild raspberries and flowers, played games, listened to patriotic speeches, and ate a picnic lunch of bread and butter, meats, game, cakes, pies, and coffee before what was termed “luxurious resting” in an account of the day published in a Ventura Newpaper. After dark everybody went to the Mills home for a big bonfire, a torchlight procession, singing, and fireworks to celebrate 101 years of the nation’s independence. -from “The Conejo Valley: Old and New Frontiers” by Carol A. Bidwell
The Conejo Valley Historical Society was formed in 1965 to save the original Grand Union Hotel from demolition. With that success behind them, the Society developed a docent program and began leading tours of the Hotel (rebuilt in 1976 as the Stagecoach Inn). Fast forward to 2019, and the Stagecoach Inn Museum is a beloved member of the community, offering family-oriented special events, lectures, school programs, and a fun and friendly group of docents. Come visit the Stagecoach Inn Museum Complex and see what's happening today!
Spend your future being part of our past!
Have you always longed to dress up in Victorian costumes, put on your cowboy gear in the morning, or play the part of a pioneer in the Old West? If the answer is yes, then you're the person we've been looking for. Our docents interpret Conejo Valley history in costume, sharing their love of history with museum visitors: young, old, and in-between.
If you'd like to join in the fun, leave a message for Nellie Cusworth at 805 497 1930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stagecoach Inn Museum is deeply grateful to all of its volunteers for their commitment, camaraderie, and hard work.