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  • Writer's pictureCheryl Anne Stapp

Historical Destinations

Might you be planning a summer road trip, now that California’s Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted? If so, don’t miss stopping in at the Sunnyvale Heritage Museum in Santa Clara County.

This lovely, recently re-opened museum is a near-replica of the city’s first settler’s family home in the 1850s—a pre-cut, two-story structure built in Maine and shipped around the Horn in 1849. Although somewhat larger than the original Martin Murphy Junior family home, which was destroyed in 1960 following a fire, the Sunnyvale Historical Society has beautifully preserved the flavor of the Murphy’s historical residence.

Also carefully preserved, or replicated and displayed, are selected Murphy family furnishings, portraits, and other memorabilia. Dedicated to providing a unique historical presentation of local history to visitors, the museum also holds community events and offers rotating exhibits. Museum and gift shop at 570 Remington Drive in Sunnyvale, are open to the public Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 4:00 p.m. Phone 408-749-0220, or email, for more information or visit their website at

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