The scenery of Yosemite National Park is world-renowned. Each year, millions of people are drawn to its thundering waterfalls, towering giant sequoias, unique geologic features, and magnificent high country. The story of people, however, is not as well known. At the Pioneer Yosemite History Center, the National Park Service commemorates the efforts of people, the events they experienced, and the issues they faced during the establishment of this great park.
Take your children for a visit back in time by wandering through the Pioneer Village. The Pioneer Yosemite History Center consists of historic structures from different eras of Yosemite’s history. As you walk among the structures, it is important to remember that each building represents a different chapter in the Yosemite story. It’s worthwhile to take some time to visit the Pioneer Yosemite History Center, and with the stories presented here on these historical buildings, your visit should be more interesting.
The buildings are usually open Wednesday – Sunday during the summer. Hours vary—check at the Wawona Information Station in the Thomas Hill Studio next to the Wawona Hotel.
The Pioneer Yosemite History Center is located in Wawona, about 4 miles from the park’s South Entrance along the Wawona Road, and is just a short walk from the Wawona Store parking lot. It is free and always open. Interpretive signs and self-guiding brochures are available. Ten-minute wagon rides are available from the Wells Fargo Building on summer weekends.
Pass through the covered bridge (it spans the south fork of the Merced River) and suddenly it’s 1890. During summer, the Village comes alive with living history demonstrations, making it your turn to chop wood and pump water. Local kids’ absolute favorite is Ranger “Buckshot” Burrell and his stagecoach ride. Burrell has been working in the park since he was fourteen and is the only ranger in the United States whose office is the seat of a century-old stagecoach.
8308 Wawona Rd