Once each year, the 113-year-old West Point Inn celebrates its colorful history during Heritage Weekend, a popular two-night fundraising event with a hearty dinner, a glass of wine and an informative talk about the Inn's uncommon history. (Reservations required.)
It’s a community affair with volunteer members who care for the Inn and cook the dinner, non-members who hike in and, this year, National Park Ranger Mia Monroe, who is a guest speaker. This year’s talk, the twenty-second by historian Fred Runner, is about the Inn’s early days and key visitors who were essential in creating the Muir Woods National Monument: William Kent and Sidney Cushing. Runner says, "It’s an inspiring story full of eloquence, frustration and generosity."
This year, part of the event will be unveiling of the new 18" x 24" bronze plaque, a gift from the Native Sons of the Golden West. Among other things, the Native Sons installs plaques at historic sites all over the state. This plaque is a summary history of the West Point Inn so that all who visit will know the story of the silent inn.
"The West Point Inn was built in 1904 by the Mill Valley & Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railway where daily steam trains met a stagecoach for a journey to the beach.
The Inn was a stop on a railway whose major stops were at Tamalpais’ East Peak and Muir Woods. For hikers, the Inn was a place of delightful hospitality with food, rooms and shelter where they loved to hike.
Over the years each time the Inn faced a crisis, hikers quickly volunteered to find a way to keep it going. The Inn has been owned by the Marin Municipal Water District since 1932 and run by volunteers since 1943.
Dedicated by the Native Sons of the Golden West, May 6, 2017
Paul D. Lapachet Grand President"
Officials from the Marin Municipal Water District, the West Point Inn's landlord, and the West Point Inn Association, the caretaker organization, will also attend the dedication.
Contact: Fred Runner
West Point Inn Historian