The San Benito County Historical and Recreational Park is located on Highway 25, 1 mile south of Tres Pinos. Visit the Historical Village today



The San Benito County Historical Society is a 501(c)3 organization and relies on its members for operating costs throughout the year. We encourage you to join our organization.

Funded in part by grants provided by the

Community Foundation for SBC and the

Monterey Peninsula Foundation,

host of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am



2nd Monday of each month

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

No charge for visit during these hours.

PLEASE E-mail prior to visit.

Make A Gift

Learn about the many benefits of planned giving to the San Benito County Historical Society through the Community Foundation, your charitable giving partner.

For more information and to give, visit the Foundation’s
Giving Page.

The San Juan Pacific Model Railroad Club was started in 1997 in a building rented at the San Benito County Fairgrounds.  Two-thirds of the open air building was enclosed by the club members.  A portable modular style railroad was constructed by using individual modules built by different members.  The hobby shop in Morgan Hill donated its layout to the club before it went out of business. The larger permanent layout was started in the winter of 1998.  The original track plan was changed and remodeled in 2002.  In 2007 the Fairground Board allowed us the other third of the building.  The existing wall was removed and a new wall constructed on the North side of the building for a total building size of 84 x 36 feet.  An addition to nearly double the size of the layout was started soon after the wall was completed.  The lease for the building was terminated in August of 2015. 

The San Benito County Historical Society offered the use of the Ferrando House in the San Benito County Historical Park which we quickly accepted.  After cleaning and remodeling the Ferrando House, the old layout was dismantled and used to build the new layout which was begun in 2015 and continues to be a work in progress.  The exhibit is available for viewing on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you are interested in becoming a member or would like more information, please contact
Will Schneider




The Wapple House Museum is open

Friday and Saturday

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

498 Fifth Street

(Corner of Fifth and West

next to  the County Library)