A bit of history.
Stonewall Ranch traces its history far back into the mid 19th century when the area was the site of several independent mining operations. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, the area that is now Stonewall Ranch and hundreds of adjacent acres became the Hubbard Ranch.
The Barn House was once used as a dairy barn for the ranch and the meadow across from the Barn House was a large truck farm through the 1960s. The original Hubbard Ranch House, destroyed by fire in the 1960s, was next to where the Barn House now stands.
Denise Wallace purchased the property more than 25 years ago, renaming it Stonewall Ranch in honor of a longtime friend. Her first order of business was to renovate the Barn House and transform it into her personal home.
Times and circumstances change, however. She eventually moved to the main house on the property, about one-quarter mile up the road, where she and Lisa, three dogs, four cats, and three parrots live. The Barn House became a rental unit for most of a decade.
Recently, we decided to make the Barn House available to friends, old and new who are visiting the area or passing through. It's also available to artists, poets and writers who need a quiet place to complete a creative project for a month or so.
Furnished with family heirlooms and antiques, we designed the Barn House to serve as a gallery for local artists, as well. (Much of the artwork and some of the antique accessories are for sale.)
Meet the owners.
We love sharing our beautiful ranch with friends, old and new.
It took Denise eight years to find this 50-acre woodland paradise. That was more than 25 years ago. But a lot changes over a quarter century and Stonewall Ranch and her family are no exception.
Denise and Lisa happened to meet in 2003 as the result of a freak snowstorm and a need to convince the Teamsters to include domestic partners in their health-insurance coverage. It took the Teamsters three years to come around to our way of thinking, but when it was over, gay and lesbian Teamsters from Bakersfield to the Oregon border could put their registered domestic partners on the Teamster health insurance plans. By then, we were a couple and registered domestic partners, as well.
A few years later we would become one of the 18,000 same-sex couples to legally marry in California during the summer of 2008. Our ceremony was in the Igo Inn, a building that Denise renovated many years ago and later sold. Our neighbor, Mark Condon--who happens also to have been Denise's high school history teacher--officiated.
Denise retired from the Teamsters a few years ago and has settled into polishing up her golf game. She's an avid golfer with a good handicap, who enjoys golfing year-round at the area courses.
Lisa is a writer/editor and entrepreneur. She is a published, award-winning novelist and essayist, journalist and marketing communication consultant and practitioner.
An avid gardener, she can be found most summer mornings in the gardens, usually accompanied by an entourage of dogs and cats. She and her sister are developing a business of botanically infused personal care products.
Meet the family.
Our family includes an assortment of dogs, cats and parrots.
Our family includes three dogs, three cats and three parrots--most of them rescue animals. Each has a distinct personality. Meet a few members of our critter family below.