Magee House, Carlsbad
Built in 1887 as a craftmans style home. It was home to many families the first was Samual Church Smith. It soon was bought and sold by several families. It was purchased by Alexander Shipley for his family, but soon upon his death was inherted by Florence Shipley Magee who returned in 1940's after the death of her husband and father and left the estate to the City of Carlsbad as a historical site in 1974 after her death.
They have self quided tours Friday 2-4 and Saturdays 1-5.
Admission is $1 for adults and free for children.
No food or drinks please!
Private tours can be scheduled.
This site is next to a park and it contains several other historical buildings such as a barn, cistern, outhouse, heritage hall and granary. There is a very lovely garden to enjoy too! Plus there is available some public restrooms too!
The Shipley-Magee House Museum is furnished in a turn of the century style, which depicts the life style of the early settlers of Carlsbad who had once owned the house. Now houses the Historical Society meetings.
Magee Park, 258 Beech St.
Samuel Church Smith, one of Carlsbad’s town founders, built this craftsman cottage in 1886. Then the collapse of the California land boom in 1896 forced Smith to sell to Alexander Shipley, an eccentric retired foreign service officer. He, his wife, and their daughter, Florence, lived here and were active in St. Michael's Church but otherwise stayed aloof from other residents. The red barn behind the house also dates to the Shipley occupancy. In 1912, Shipley’s daughter Florence married Hugh Magee, a North County rancher, and moved away. Florence returned after her husband's death in 1941 and later willed the property to the City upon her death in 1974.