by Gudrun Enger, from Kitchen Gadget Girl
Last month, I accompanied my son’s class on a field trip to the Woodside Store, a tradition for many elementary school classes in our district. While initially I thought it would be kind of ho-hum, I was pleasantly surprised at the content and historical information preserved in this local museum.
The Store, one main building plus two out buildings, was the original house of Dr. Robert Tripp, who settled in Woodside in 1850, and provided one of the early spots on the trail between the Bay and the Coast for teamster, wagon maker, or lumberjack to buy provisions. In addition, he was the town dentist, the sheriff and the postmaster.
As you enter the main building, you come into the mercantile, carefully restored to traditional 1880s condition. Student groups have the opportunity to be shopkeepers and customers, carefully navigating the store for items. There are also many artifacts to see inside the display cases, including period items such as pocket watches, scales and tobacco products.
The Woodside Store is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-4pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from noon-4pm. On the first Sunday in May, visit the store during Old Woodside Store Day and experience the past, featuring demonstrations and hands-on activities for families.