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Paulding History House

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Registered as a California Historic Resource, the Paulding History House was built in 1889 and inhabited by only two families since then. The Paulding History House was the home of Arroyo Grande’s first resident medical doctor, Dr. Edward Paulding.

Dr. Paulding traveled to Arroyo Grande, married Clara Edwards and together they bought the house at 551 Crown Hill Road in 1891.  His missionary parents and his daughter, Ruth, filled the house with artifacts from around the world.  Dr. Paulding, also a talented wood worker spent many hours working on carvings which can be seen in the house along with countless other artifacts, among them the only authentic Chumash Indian basket in the County. A grand old oak tree believed to be 250 years old still dominates the front yard today.

To see all of the locations along the Highway 1 History & Heritage Trail, check out our interactive map.


551 Crown Hill Street
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

(805) 473-3231



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