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 whatâs now Highway 1, and the “new” 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.