You are cordially invited to the first Hemet Heritage Foundation Meeting of 2019 featuring the program for the evening: The History the “Haunted” 1913 Ritchie Mansion, later known as Wilson Manor and currently Tranquil Heart Vineyard & Winery by Bill Shinkle, the current owner of this 109 year old historical property located on a hilltop one half mile east of Hemet High School on Stetson Ave.
The meeting will be held in the Diamond Valley Middle School Library on Monday, January 14 at 7 pm in the Diamond Valley Middle School on the southwest corner of Chambers and State Street in Hemet.
The Ritchie Mansion’s history included its construction in 1913 for Samuel and Francis Ritchie. It was the longtime residence of the late Mary Wilson, a revered Hemet High teacher. It was the site of a failed attempt to operate as a retirement home. Following recent years of extensive vandalism when it was vacant, including fires set indoors, the home was restored over the past few years by nurseryman Bill Shinkle. Mr. William “Bill” Shinkle grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He has been in Hemet since 1972 where he and his family started the nursery here in town. When he was 15 and saw the property of the vineyard the first time, he said to his parents “I’m gonna buy that one day.” In 2009, he was able to make that dream come true and begin the long journey of restoration. Eight years later he has transformed it into Tranquil Heart Vineyard & Winery http://tranquilheartvineyard.com/ a private membership wine club.
Hemet Heritage Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates the Hemet Museum, presents interesting local history programs at their monthly meetings the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at Diamond Valley Middle School in Hemet. The public is invited. The Hemet Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 3pm
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