While Cambria offers a plethora of things to see and do, one can’t-miss feature of this charming coastal town is its rich historical roots. Take a walk through Cambria’s East Village and discover the many ways in which Cambria is tied to America’s past.
Lull House – 2581 Main St.
If you are looking for a building entitled “Lull House,” you will miss it. The original Lull House, which was Cambria’s very first building, was built in 1865 by a man named George Lull. Today, however, the building is a part of Cambria’s Bluebird Inn. Lull originally operated the house as both his home and a general merchandise store.
The Thorndyke House– 4286 Bridge St.
What now stands as a popular English tearoom, the Tea Cozy, was originally a home built by Henry Williams in the late 1870s. Williams immigrated to America from Wales with his English wife, Sallie. The property has since been home to others, including Captain Thorndyke, who was head keeper of the Piedras Blancas Light Station from 1876-1906.
Camozzi’s – 2262 Main St.
If you are into historical memorabilia, Mozzi’s Saloon is a cannot-miss stop in East Village. Established in 1866, Mozzi’s now prides itself on being the “last remnant of ‘the cowboy bar’ in Cambria.” Due to a fire that burnt down much of the East Village in September 1899, a lot of the original building was destroyed and later rebuilt by the Camozzi family in 1922. Stop in for a quick drink and take-in the building’s old saloon feel.
The Red House – 2264 Center St.
Built in 1899, this small red building may not look like much at first glance. However, it boasts an impressive history, being the only remaining structure that was built by the Chinese in the surrounding area, as well as the oldest remaining Chinese temple in Southern California. Throughout the years, the Red House also served a variety of other functions, including Cambria’s Chinese Community Center, the town’s first high school, and a laundry mat.
Photo courtesy of winecoastcountry.com.
Heart’s Ease – 4101 Burton Dr.
This quaint building was established by a local businessman, G.W. Proctor, in the 1870s and now serves as a reminder of the town’s historical New England appearance. The building is now a popular herb and garden shop, and very much maintains its old-fashioned vibe.