S-Bar-S Ranch Life Revisited During Ely Stage Stop’s Living History Day

The popular Living History Day series continues at the Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum on Saturday, April 23. On the fourth Saturday of each month local historians come to the main house to visit with guests and answer questions regarding different aspects of Lake County history. As these visits are recorded, the stories of Lake County’s history are being preserved for future generations.

This month Charlotte Baker and her daughter Shari James, former residents of the Ely Stage Stop and S-Bar-S Ranch, return to share stories of ranch life in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Ernest and Polly Kettenhofen owned the S-Bar-S Ranch from 1960 to 2000.  Baker and James will be available at Ely from noon till 2 p.m. to recount what it was like to manage the ranch doing their years in the house.

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 will be available during the day.

The Lake County Historical Society’s Ely Stage Stop & Country Museum is located at 9921 State Hwy 281 (Soda Bay Road) in Kelseyville, near Clear Lake 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.

Visit www.elystagestop.org or www.lakecountyhistory.org on facebook at www.facebook.com/eleystagestop, or call the museum at 707-533-9990.

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Charlotte Baker, pictured, will be available for conversation and questions regarding ranch life on the S-Bar-S Ranch during the Ely Living History Day, April 23 from noon till 2 p.m. Her daughter, Shari James, will join her. Contributed photo.