125 Glass Mountain Road
St Helena, CA 94574-9730
This stately country Victorian residence -- known since 1900 as Elmshaven -- was built in 1885 by railroad developer and executive Robert H. Pratt and served as a vacation home to the Pratt family until 1900. Ellen G. White, one of the founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, purchased the home in 1900 and lived here until her death in 1915. During her life, White wrote about 60 religious books, including nine volumes she penned in the upper writing room at Elmshaven.
Today, the home is furnished much as it was when Ellen White lived and worked here. In fact, many of the furnishings belonged to her, and still sit where she placed them. Elmshaven is owned and maintained by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, but is open to the public. Whether you are interested in architecture, antiques, church history, or just want to see how some people lived 100 years ago, you are welcome to enjoy the peaceful environment of Elmshaven.
Elmshaven's reserved style and middle class furnishings create a sense of simplicity and balance -- no doubt a reflection of Ellen White, herself.
Ellen White recommended complete commitment to God, and declared that true religion was best demonstrated in simple living and practical service to others. In addition to her call to return to the Bible, she traveled the world advising millions of women not yet allowed to vote to live sensibly and develop all their potential. She spoke out against tight corsets and heavy dresses that, she said, dragged in the filth on the ground and brought desease into homes. In the many schools she founded she insisted that neither men nor women should be helplessly dependant upon the other.