Ely Stage Stop Happenings

The weather may be changing but there are still lots of things happening at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum. Although usually open every Saturday and Sunday, the museum will be closed the weekend of October 22 and 23. Ely has been chosen as the venue for a Boy Scout weekend campout. This is an annual event for the Boy Scouts allowing them to perform community service projects while honing their camping skills. This year they will camp out for two nights on the Ely property, clearing the hillside below Ely’s main house during the day.

That particular weekend would also have been Ely’s Living History Day. That activity is being pushed to the next Saturday, October 29. Historian Ruby Glebe will return to the Stage Stop that day to share more stories from the past. Glebe preserves and promotes Lake County’s historical resources. Fifteen years ago, the Lake County Board of Supervisors appointed Glebe to the position of Lake County Historian. She is only the third person to hold this distinction, preceded by Henry Mauldin and Marion Goebel.

Glebe will be talking about the Pine Flat Community of 1870, once a quicksilver mining boomtown in the rugged Mayacamas Mountains that straddle Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties. Nothing remains of the community that was killed by the plummeting price of quicksilver and periodic wildfires that plague the area. Her presentation will begin at noon. Admission is free with donations accepted. Through these Living History Days at Ely, the stories of Lake County’s history are being preserved for future generations.

Finally, save the date of November 6 when Ely again hosts the California Old Time Fiddlers Association for a jam session in the Ely barn from noon till 2 p.m. Musicians will follow the usual round-robin format with donations benefitting both the Ely Stage Stop, helping to fund the construction of the blacksmith shop, and the Old Time Fiddlers Association District 10, using it to partially fund their scholarship programs.

The Lake County Historical Society’s Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum is located at 9921 State Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville, near Clearlake Riviera, just north of Hwy 29-Kit’s Corner. Current hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.  Private tours can be arranged by appointment. Facilities are available to support events, conferences, or family gatherings.  Celebrate a wedding, reception, special anniversary, or family reunion.

Visit www.elystagestop.org or www.lakecountyhistory.org, check out the stage stop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elystagestop, or call the museum at 707-533-9990.

The Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum welcomes more docents to greet visitors and share information on our history, our current displays, and our planned events.  Volunteers for maintenance and construction projects are also needed. Come join the Lake County Historical Society and become a volunteer at Ely or our sister museum, the Gibson Museum & Cultural Center in Middletown.  Applications are always available.

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Weather permitting, many Ely events include opportunities for old time hay rides between the main house and the barn. Photo by Greg Blinn.

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Pictured is the main house at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum. Photo by Greg Blinn.

Ely Stage Stop Marketplace joins Fiddlers’ Jam in October

The October 2 Fiddlers’ Jam at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum welcomes the return of the Ely Stage Stop Marketplace. This free, family friendly, fun-packed day can be enjoyed by all, young and old alike. The Marketplace, just outside the Ely barn, will feature local handcrafted goods and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. As usual, musicians will jam from noon to 2 p.m. inside the barn.

Admission is free and there will be fun for all ages. Enjoy music, refreshments, and the opportunity to browse and purchase the wares of local craftsmen and artists. Food will be available for purchase on site from the Cactus Grill in Clearlake.

Items available at the marketplace will include jewelry, beauty products, wood and metal products, local honey, books, and more.

The Lake County Model A Club plans to display several Ford Model A vehicles during the Marketplace. Approximately 5,000,000 were made and approximately 1,000,000 are still on the road today according to club member Dick Munger.

Beverages and tasty treats will be provided by the docents in the barn. Take a ride up to the house on the hay wagon where you can enjoy the newest displays of Mason and Ball canning jars and antique kitchen gadgets.

Donations made during the fiddling benefit both the Ely Stage Stop, helping to fund the blacksmith shop, and the Old Time Fiddlers Association, District 10, who uses it to partially fund their scholarship programs.

Lake County Historical Society’s Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum is located at 9921 State Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville, near Clearlake Riviera, just north of Hwy 29-Kit’s Corner. Current hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Fiddlers’ Jams occur the first Sunday of every month from noon until 2 p.m.

Come join the Lake County Historical Society and become a volunteer at Ely or our sister museum, the Gibson Museum & Cultural Center in Middletown. Applications will be available during the day. Join the fun!

Visit www.elystagestop.org or www.lakecountyhistory.org, check out the stage stop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elystagestop or call the museum at 707-533-9990.

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Ely Marketplace last joined the May Fiddlers’ Jam. Pictured are vendors outside the Phase 1 blacksmith shop construction. Funds are needed to complete Phase 2. Come to the October 2 combined event on the Ely property. Photo by Steve Hendricks, edited by Greg Blinn.

Ely Stage Stop to close for Pear Festival Day

The Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum, operated by the Lake County Historical Society, will be closed Saturday, September 24, due to its presence in the Pear Pavilion at the 24th anniversary of the Kelseyville Pear Festival. Come by the Pear Pavilion instead that day to talk to museum docents about their current displays and activities. See our stage coach replica up close. Ask about the progress being made on the Blacksmith Shop, the current all-volunteer museum project.

Due to the Saturday closure, September’s Living History Day, usually held the fourth Saturday of each month, will be cancelled. The museum will be open as usual Sunday, September, 25.

Save the October 2 date when the Ely Stage Stop Marketplace will join the Fiddlers’ Jam. This free, family friendly, fun-packed day can be enjoyed by all, young and old alike. The Marketplace, just outside the Ely barn, will feature local handcrafted goods and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. As usual, musicians will jam from noon to 2:00 p.m. inside the barn. Enjoy music, refreshments, and the opportunity to browse and purchase the wares of local craftsmen and artists. Food will be available for purchase on site.

The museum is located at 9921 Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville (near Clearlake Riviera). Normal hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.  Fiddlers’ Jams occur the first Sunday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. Living History events featuring local historians are held on the fourth Saturday of every month, again, from noon to 2 p.m.

Visit www.elystagestop.com or www.lakecountyhistory.org, check out the stage stop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elystagestop, or call the museum at 707-533-9990. Contact the museum for questions about volunteer work, donations of old wood for barn construction, or docent applications.

stagecoachEly Stage Coach will be on display in the Pear Pavilion during the 24th annual Kelseyville Pear Festival on Saturday, September 24. Contributed photo.