Old San Simeon

Remnants of an 1850s whaling village and other cool historic stuff

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In the 1850s a whaling village occupied the bluffs at Point San Simeon. It had 45 buildings, including a general store, a blacksmith shop and a saloon.

The whaling business petered out by the late 1870s, by which time Senator George Hearst had bought the land and built a major pier for big-time offloading of goods from ships. In 1878 the general store was moved a half mile east, closer to what’s now Highway 1, and the “€œnew” village evolved in the vicinity.

Be sure to stop at this hidden gem, if only for a few minutes. The entrance is directly across the highway from the Hearst Castle entrance.

You’ll see an historic one-room schoolhouse, Spanish-style buildings constructed for Hearst employees, and historic Sebastian’€™s General Store & Café and Hearst Ranch Winery tasting room –€“ the same 1852 building that once welcomed the whaling and ranching communities.

At A Glance

442 SLO San Simeon Rd.
San Simeon CA 93452
(805) 927–4100

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