“where our history comes alive!”
The museum tells the story of the development of California Agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley through the story of one of our early pioneer families, Aaron & Sarah Mooney, who arrived by train coming from New York in 1877. On their way they stopped in Coldwater, Michigan and adopted their beautiful daughter, Harriet. Upon arriving in Lemoore the Mooneys opened a Mercantile and later took up an interest in the local lumberyard with their son-in-law, Charles Bailey (Lemoore's first Mayor), and also operated a small farm. In addition, Mr. Mooney served the community by serving as the town "Undertaker". Mrs. Mooney served faithfully by his side until he died in 1912 with Mrs. Mooney following him in death in 1925. By maintaining this beautiful 1890s adobe brick Victorian Queen Anne home and its outbuildings, we are able to keep our local history alive. Not only is the oral history interesting, but the house presents a wonderful feeling of hominess with many visitors expressing that they would "just like to move in." Currently, we are in the process of raising the funds to take the carriage house with Mr. Mooney's attached office back to its original state now that we have a wonderful historic road/mountain wagon to fill the space. It is also our dream to reconstruct the old tank house, convert the small basement to a root cellar and continue replacing some of the missing embellishment to the exterior of the house.
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Sarah A. Mooney Museum
- Sun: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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