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Woodside Store
The Woodside Store
Location 3300 Tripp Road, Woodside, California
Area 1.2 acres (0.49 ha)
Built 1854; 167 years ago (1854)
Architect Dr. Robert Orville Tripp, Mathias A. Parkhurst
NRHP reference No. 85001563
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Added to NRHP July 18, 1985

The Woodside Store also called Tripp Store, sits at 3300 Tripp Road at Kings Mountain Road, Woodside, San Mateo County, California. This building listed on the National Register of Historic Places in San Mateo County since 1985 and is listed as a California Historical Landmarks in San Mateo County. It was preserved through the efforts of the San Mateo Historical Association in the 1940s. After being taken under the wing of the Association in 1979, it was subject to a substantial restoration during the mid-1980s and completed by 1994.


The Woodside Store was constructed in 1854 by two early pioneers named Robert Orville Tripp and Mathias Parkhurst. Tripp was a dentist from Massachusetts that came to California during the Gold Rush. This redwood emporium sat in the middle of the San Francisco Peninsula's lumbering district; it was, for a time, the only general store and stagecoach stop between San Francisco and Santa Clara. The store sold everything from food to construction supplies and also served as a post office, bank, saloon and dentist office. The store was operated by Tripp until his death in 1909, at the age of 93.

Legend has it that Tripp had a very large dog that would follow him and they are photographed together. It has been rumored that there is a ghost of his dog, haunting the Woodside Store.


Tours of the museum are arranged through the Woodside Store School Program and non-school groups can call the museum to schedule a tour.

The museum of the Woodside Store, has been restored to its 1880s appearance, and you can see the types of goods available in that time period – "from canned fruit and frying pans to nails and sewing machines."


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