The Windsor Town Council and Windsor Museum and Historical Society are pleased to announce that the Cunningham-Hembree Estate was placed in the California State and National Register of Historic Places on July 9, 2018. As a registered historical resource, the estate is recognized as a national cultural resource worthy of preservation and protection from adverse effects resulting from federally funded or licensed projects. In addition, there are several preservation incentives including special building codes to facilitate the restoration of historic structures, and certain tax advantages.
Mayor Bruce Okrepkie explains “this would not have been made possible without the Windsor Museum and Historical Society volunteers and consultant/author of the nomination, J Longfellow, for their passion, expertise and diligence with the nomination process.”
The Cunningham-Hembree Estate was acknowledged as a significant example of the exploration and settlement with early Windsor. The property is one of the foundational homesteads on which much of the developing town of Windsor is located and through which major historic transportation routes ran. The estate is also recognized as significant for its association with the Cunningham family, one of Windsor’s founding families and their descendants, each of which contribute to the physical and civic development of Windsor. The property contains the original homestead cabin constructed by Robert Cunningham in 1849, the Cypress Tree lined driveway, planted in 1872 and the Hembree House occupied by his granddaughter until her death in 1957.
The Hembree House is currently the home of the Hembree House Museum located at 9225 Foxwood Drive and operated by the Windsor Museum and Historical Society. The Museum is free to the public and open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by appointment by calling 838-4563. Volunteers and Donations also welcome. www.windsorhistory.org