Pioneer Yosemite History Center, Yosemite National Park

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National Park · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
The Pioneer Yosemite History Center is an assembled collection of historic buildings from Yosemite National Park that is located in Wawona, California. Visitors can walk around the buildings year round, and the interiors are open in the summer on a limited basis. There are also special programs and carriage rides in the summer.
The buildings include:

Acting Superintendent's Headquarters

Blacksmith shop

Cavalry office

Chris Jorgenson Studio

Degnan's Bakery

George Anderson Pioneer Home

Hodgdon Homestead Cabin

Powderhouse and jail

Ranger patrol cabin

Wawona Covered Bridge

Yosemite Transportation Company Office (aka Wells Fargo Office)The Acting Superintendent's Headquarters, the Chris Jorgenson Studio, the Hodgdon Homestead Cabin, the Wawona Covered Bridge, and the Yosemite Transportation Company Office are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  • Such nice people and so much history. What a pleasant surprise! We stopped in before going to the market and were welcomed by a couple of the staff (volunteers?) who chatted with us, shared info and.....  more »
  • If you come in the south entrance to the Park make sure to save some time to visit this History Center. Lots of original buildings have been preserved and re-located and you can walk around the site.....  more »
  • Wawona has several hidden attractions and this is one of them. This is a great place to get away from the crowds in the valley. Take the time to enjoy the Pioneer Yosemite history. For a few months out of the year, the center has history reenactments.
  • Nice, uncrowded spot by the river for the family. Some good historical context can be found as well.

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