The Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum presents the second in a series of Living History events from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. Local historians come on site on the fourth Saturday of the month to share stories from the past.
Skip Rohner will be the visiting historian on Saturday. Rohner, a retired Lake County farmer, is well known and respected for his many years associated with the Pear Industry. As a child, Rohner helped raise pears with his father, Hans Rohner, learning the basics of pear farming – spraying, tractor driving, irrigation. After he got out of the service in 1955 he partnered with his father packing and selling pears under the “Color-ful” label.
Rohner will be available to the public in the Ely main house starting at noon to visit and answer questions. Kelseyville was long revered as the “pear capital of the world”. Come visit with Rohner and learn how the industry has changed over the years.
Home to the Lake County Historical Society, the stage stop 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 11:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.