Historic Chapman Estate in need of volunteers, donations

Chapman Estates donation help

PISMO BEACH, Calif. - The historic Chapman Estate in Shell Beach has been a part of San Luis Obispo County history for nearly 100 years, but now the landmark needs the community's help.

"It's just a magical situation here, just one of the most beautiful pieces of property i have ever seen," said estate board member Lyndon Schaeffer. "We do need some help."

The first home on the site was built in 1914, before a large tudor mansion was built in 1930. After buying the property in 1962, Marshalls jewelry store owner Clifford Chapman and his longtime partner Don Scheidle lived there together for nearly 50 years.

The two held fundraisers and parties helping non-profits stay afloat across San Luis Obispo County. 

Complete with a lighthouse, lush gardens, a swimming pool and even a windmill, stepping on the grounds in like a trip back in time. 

"It is a real beautiful piece of culture from this area," said Schaeffer. 

The city of Pismo Beach now owns the property but it's maintained by the Chapman Estate Foundation -- made up entirely of volunteers.

Maintaining the seaside home is not cheap and the foundation needs help raising money to help fix up the property -- particularly the windmill and other defining features. 

"We need the community to come together and help us," said Katchy Andrews, Vice President of the Chapman Estate Foundation. "This place is like an escape. We get people from all over the world here and they love it."

Volunteers are needed to tend the gardens, become docents and spread the word. 

"There are a lot of opportunities to get involved, volunteer, come up here, and have a great time," Schaeffer said. "This isn't just for Shell Beach or Pismo Beach, it's for the entire community."

To learn more about how you can donate or volunteer, visit the Chapman Estate Foundation online.

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