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Benjamin and Hilarita Lyford House
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Benjamin and Hilarita Lyford House is located in California
Location: 376 Greenwood Beach Road
Tiburon, California
Coordinates: 37°53′39″N 122°29′46″W / 37.89417°N 122.49611°W / 37.89417; -122.49611Coordinates: 37°53′39″N 122°29′46″W / 37.89417°N 122.49611°W / 37.89417; -122.49611
Built/Founded: 1876
Architectural style(s): Second Empire
Governing body: Private
Added to NRHP: November 10, 2000
NRHP Reference#: 00001268[1]

The Benjamin and Hilarita Lyford House is a Victorian house located in Tiburon, California. Built in 1876, the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Prehistory

The earliest human habitation of the local area was by hunter gatherer Native American peoples. The clearest vicinity extant record of such habitation is upon the proximate Ring Mountain, where rock art and grinding stones[2] are present within some of the large boulders there.

History

The Benjamin and Hilarita Lyford House on Richardson Bay in Tiburon, California, was the home of Benjamin Lyford, a former soldier in the Union Army who was born in New Hampshire, raised in Cabot, Vermont, and who emigrated to San Francisco after the American Civil War to practice medicine, and his wife Hilarita née Reed, the daughter of John Reed, an Irish immigrant who was granted the 'Rancho Corte Madera del Presidio', literally 'the place where wood is cut for the Presidio', and today comprising the peninsula incorporating Tiburon, Belvedere and much of southern Marin County.[3] The Benjamin Lyford House was originally located at Strawberry Point, but was moved in 1957 when threatened with demolition and is now co-owned by the National Audubon Society.[4]

The Benjamin Lyford House is part of the Richardson Bay Audbon Center and Sanctuary. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[1] In December 2002 the house was damaged, when a tree crashed through the roof. The house was closed for a year of restoration and was reopened in 2004.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. http://www.nr.nps.gov/.  
  2. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2008. Ring Mountain, The Megalithic Portal, ed. Andy Burnham
  3. ^ History of Early Mill Valley, Mill Valley Historical Society
  4. ^ a b Maura Thurmon (April 16, 2004). "Tiburon Victorian set to unveil makeover". The San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/04/16/NBGRH6247O1.DTL. Retrieved 2008-04-07.  

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