"A Good Store in a Small Town"
Bodega was founded by Captain Smith in 1845. Historically it was the crossroads for Sonoma County commerce and trade. Today it is a sought after destination location for visitors and locals alike. Unique shops, local fare dining and a step back in time
Bodega Country Store
Has been serving Sonoma west county for 160 years. Today it houses the "Hitchcock Collection" and serves the community as a "Good store in a small town".
Groceries, prepared food, beer and wine, and a little bit of everything. Including a friendly smile.
Great Food and Hospitality
The other attraction of BCS is the food. Specializing in delicious delectables such as Smoked Chowders, Oysters, Crab Cakes, and our signature Crab Mac n' Cheese. Our selection of homemade pastries and sweets are delicious and Gluten Free.
" A good store in a small town",
Howard Cyril McCaughey
When Mrs. Nancy McCaughey gave birth to her youngest child, Howard in 1878 the name McCaughey was already widely associated with the mercantile business in Bodega. Howard was the youngest of five McCaughey children whose father, James, operated a general merchandise store in Bodega. When his father died in 1902 Howard took over responsibility of the family business.
In 1905 Howard's older brother James Walter joined Howard and established McCaughey Brothers, Incorporated. Selling everything from agricultural products to fuel oil for fishing boats, furniture, overcoats, phonographs, can goods and supplies. The brothers operated a stage and freight line, and experienced the dawn of the automobile era.
Since then the store has only changed hands a few times. Each owner personalizing and making it their own, servicing the need of the community and travelers alike.
Bodega Country Store's current owner has transformed the town of Bodega and BCS into a major tourist destination location. Bringing his years of culinary skills to the area and amassing the largest collection of Alfred Hitchcock collectables and memorabilia. BCS has been the subject of many news and travel guides, domestic and international.
"We are passionate about the town and what we are doing here. Coming to Bodega is like a step back into time!"
Mc Caughey "Reminder" 1929-1933
Above are a series of vintage McCaughey Bros. store advertisements, called "the reminders". These reminders are from the 1929-1933. They are quite comical in style and will give you a sense of what shopping at a store like the McCaughey's was like. Enjoy!
St. Theresa of Avila
Saint Teresa of Avila Church is a Roman Catholic church in Bodega, California. The white, wooden church with a steeple sits on a hilltop above the small, rural hamlet. The church was built by shipbuilders in 1859 on land donated by Jasper O’Farrell (the city planner of San Francisco) and named after St. Teresa of Avila by local Spanish and Portuguese immigrants. Archbishop Alemany dedicated the church on June 2, 1861. The church is still in use today and is the oldest church in continuous use in Sonoma County.
Famous American photographer Ansel Adams came to town in 1957 and photographed St. Theresa's Catholic Church for his portrait "Church and Road".
Weekday: Tues-Thrus 9am
In 1962 director Alfred Hitchcock came to town. Assistant art director Robert Boyle spotted the potter schoolhouse here in the town of Bodega. Abandoned and scheduled to be demolished Mr Boyle requested the use of the schoolhouse for the Hitchcock classic "The Birds". After getting permission from school superintendent Gaffney, they began filming here in the town of Bodega and Bodega Bay from January to March 1962. This iconic building is still standing and has hardly changed from it's move days. Now the Potter Schoolhouse is a private residence. And is a highly sought after location for cinema enthusiast and travelers alike.