The society’s collections of historical artifacts and research archives are housed in the home built at 498 Fifth Street in Hollister for George and Jane Gertrude Wapple and their daughter Georgia. The Prairie style house, designed by renowned architectural firm from San Jose, Wolfe & McKenzie was completed in 1910 at a cost of $5,888.
George Wapple was a well-know, enterprising business man in Hollister. A Pharmacist by trade, he was also involved in many civic activities. George was elected county treasurer in 1886 and 1888. During World War I, he served on the draft board.
His second wife, Jane Gertrude, was well known in the society pages. She was instrumental in raising funds for the Veteran’s Building in Hollister honoring war veterans after World War I. Concerned about the war devastation in Europe, she also raised funds for post-war relief there.
Their only child Georgia Wapple Frazier donated the Wapple home to the county. After its use as a county administration building, the county and the Historical Society reached an agreement for its use as a historical museum.
Various rooms of the Wapple House are the setting for rotating exhibits on the story of life in San Benito County. Permanent exhibits include the ornate pharmacy display from the Wapple Pharmacy in downtown Hollister. The detailed craftsman style woodwork in the house is an exhibit all on its own.
The Museum is open for visitors Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm.
There is no charge for entry. Donations are appreciated.
We try to accommodate group tours outside of these hours.
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