Woodside Store

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This is a fully restored wooden structure once used by Dr. Tripp as a general store, post office, and dental office in the heyday of Lumber industry in Woodside. Today, it is a county store filled with goods that a teamster, wagon maker, lumberman, or blacksmith might the 1800s that is! The Woodside Store is a house museum containing artifacts of the period displayed in the fashion of the times, offering a glimpse into the past of this once bustling logging area.

No dogs or other pets are allowed at the Woodside Store. See more park Regulations »


In October 1849, Matthias Alfred Parkhurst, age 20, purchased 127 acres of John Copinger's Rancho Canada de Raymundo near old Mexican saw pits and began shingle making and lumbering. His partners were a man named Ellis (who even those in the lumbering community said drank to much), James H. "Grizzly" Ryder, a Mexican War veteran, and a 33-year-old dentist named Robert Orville Tripp who had accompanied Ryder to California. All were from Massachusetts.

Educational Programs

Special programs are often held at the Woodside Store to educate visitors and students about its colorful past. On the first Sunday in May, step into the past during Old Woodside Store Day featuring demonstrations and hands-on activities for families. The San Mateo County Historical Association has a popular school fieldtrip program at the Store. Scheduling for the following school year opens April 15 for all San Mateo county schools.


The Woodside Store is operated for the Department of Parks by the San Mateo County Historical Association. The docents working at the Store are volunteers. Special presentations and exhibits are also the work of these dedicated Association volunteers. If you are a history buff, a person interested in the County's colorful background, or just someone who would like to help the Association operate and maintain the Woodside Store, Sanchez Adobe, or the History Museum in Redwood City, you can call them at (650) 299-0104.

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