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The Barn at Laurel and 17th in Pacific Grove, fondly known as “Ketcham’s Barn,” was built in 1891 by H. C. Ketcham who used it to house animals. Hay and other provisions were brought inside to the loft. A rope and pully mechanism is still in place.
The property was purchased by the City of Pacific Grove in 1979 and is now leased to the Heritage Society for $1.00 per year. Reconstruction of the barn was completed in 1981, and it now houses a number of local museum articles.
The City of Pacific Grove had a very unique origin. It began as a Methodist Christian Seaside Retreat in 1875. It was conceived as a place to worship in a quiet and natural environment. Sections of the City were subdivided into 30′ x 60′ lots to be used as tent sites for seasonal (summertime) visitors.Gradually, permanent tent frames were constructed and eventually many frames were converted to year-round single wall structures.
A few people began staying in the campground over the winter and built the first homes, usually modest board and batten structures. With this, a handful of shops were soon constructed for these new residents.
Pacific Grove was incorporated in 1889 and over the next few decades many other neighborhoods were added to the original retreat and the Victorian homes that came to define Pacific Grove’s residential character were built.
This walking tour highlights a fairly wide variety of housing styles, from the original tent cabins to grand structures on the National Historic Register. The walk takes place all within the boundaries of the Retreat and offers the walker ample opportunity to view Monterey Bay and to stop for refreshments along the way.
This is an easy walk that showcases many of the eclectic building styles that the City of Pacific Grove is noted for. The walk begins at the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum (usually parking spots are available nearby) at the corner of Forest Avenue and Central Avenue and ends at beautiful Jewell Park at the corner of Forest Avenue and Central.
Take your time, take pictures and enjoy the scenery!