Bloss Home Museum is located at 1020 Cedar Avenue in Atwater,
Built in 1914 for George Stone Bloss, Jr. and his wife
Christine it was designed by the architect William Bedesen.
Built at the cost of $11,954, the house is 4080 square
feet, including the enclosed porches. The architectural
design of the house reflects the background of the Connecticut
born family, with the construction materials that were
used being common to California.
a member of the prominent pioneer family, arrived from
Connecticut with his sister and parents when he was 10
years old. He married Christine Thompson, and had one
child, George Thompson, who died of complications from
measles at the age of seven. George became the first mayor
or Atwater when it was incorporated as a city in 1922.
He passed away in 1963, with the house being left to the
City of Atwater upon the death of his wife.
George had hoped the house would be used as a city hall, but by
the time of Christine's death in 1971, the city fathers felt larger
quarters were needed. The Atwater Historical Society was founded
and the house was saved for its history and in honor of the many
contributions the Bloss family made to the community - among them
the Bloss Library, the Bloss Memorial Hospital, and the many donations
The home, furnished in the style of the times, contains some of
the original pieces. The home also holds many important documents
from the early days, as well as items from the Marshall David
Atwater family, for whom the town is named. Bloss Home was placed
on the National Register of Historical Places in 1981 and is cared
for by the Atwater Historical Society.
George’s great-uncle, John Mitchell, owned several thousand
acres of land in the Central Valley. Upon his arrival to the area
in the early 1850’s, Mitchell bought land for $1.00 an acre
in greenbacks (paper money) or $.75 an acre gold. Upon his death
n 1893 the land passed to Mitchell’s nieces, Mrs. Henry
Geer, Mrs. Stephen Crane, and Mrs. George Bloss, Sr. In 1872,
the Central Pacific Railroad pushed through the San Joaquin Valley
and a switch was put in by a warehouse owned by Mitchell and used
by Marshall Atwater. The town of Atwater quickly grew around this
Bloss Home is open to the public. Guided tours are given on the
first Sunday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Group tours
may be arranged for other dates. For additional information, please
call (209) 357-6309.
Admission is free however a donation is always appreciated to
further the restoration.