In the 1850s The White House Stood South of Town

Actually, the White House, originally the simply furnished home of pioneer James Johnston and his Spanish wife, Petra, still stands, now a bright historic landmark perched on a gentle rise south of Half Moon Bay. The uniqueness of the house stems from Johnston’s choice of architecture, very old New England.

Passengers, usually romantic ladies, sailing aboard vessels headed for San Francisco wrote of seeingĀ  The White House as they passed our coastline.