School Program

Woodside Store

Students discover what it was like to live during the late 1800s.

Discover life in the 1880s. The program starts with a slide show that introduces the redwood industry and the Woodside Store. Then, students explore an old-time country store during an object hunt. Students soon discover that many of the items on the shelves are not found in modern stores.

Young boy weighs items on an antique scale at Woodside Store School program

Students act as a storekeeper, discovering what life was like in the late 1800s.

Hands-On Activities

  • Fill customer’s store orders.
  • Use a two-man saw to cut redwood and make a shingle.
  • Do laundry by hauling water, using a washboard and wringer, and hanging clothes on the line to dry.


  • Students will be able to identify what led to the settlement of the area.
  • Students will learn the importance of a general store to the life in the community.
  • Students can identify ways in which electricity changed the way people live
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  • Geared to third and fourth graders.
  • History-Social Science Content Standards: 3.3, 3.5, 4.3, 4.4.
  • To protect the historic site and for better quality of programming, school programs at the Woodside Store are limited to one class per program.
  • The school program occurs rain or shine. Some modification of activities occurs on rainy days.

Online during COVID-19

The San Mateo County Historical Association is offering online school programs during COVID.


Discover life in the 1880s in this virtual program. Before the program time, students will view a pre-recorded video tour of the Woodside Store. Then, students will engage in a docent-led online presentation where they will learn more about the Store, its owner Dr. Tripp, and the local redwood industry. An optional hands-on activity, creating a simple 1880s toy (clothespin doll), is also available for an additional fee.


  • Available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. (other times by special arrangement).
  • Link to pre-recorded tour will be mailed after payment is received.
  • Hands-on Activity materials will be mailed to the school; contact us if you require alternate arrangements. Please schedule tours with hand-on activities at least 10 days advance to allow for kit assembly and mailing.
  • Fees 2021-2022: Fees apply to one class per program.
    • Without hands-on activity: $50 for a 40-minute program
    • With hands-on activity: $70 for a 50 to 55-minute program

Some scholarships are available for low-income schools. To apply, complete the online scholarship form.