The first resident Medical Doctor in Arroyo Grande was Dr. Edwin Paulding. He came to Arroyo Grande in 1882, married Clara Edwards and together they bought the house at 551 Crown Hill Road in 1891. In 1892 the Pauldings' daughter Ruth was born. She passed away in 1985 at the age of 93 in the same house. A beautiful oak tree, believed to be 250 years old, dominates the front yard.
The Paulding Middle School acress the street from the house is named for Ruth. She generously left the house and its contents to the San Luis Obispo Historical Society and in 1998 the property was passed on to the South County Historical Society.
Doctor Paulding, also a talented woodworker, 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.
Docents are available to answer your questions during hours of operation, which are noon to 3pm on the first Saturday of the month or by appointment.