Laugenour House

This Victorian cottage was built for Emma and John Laugenour in 1884 in Woodland, California. The house was nicknamed “Cottage Christine,” which was Emma’s middle name.

The couple had a large Victorian mansion that was dismantled in the 1920s.

Emma was a local leader in the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the Women’s Christian Temperence Union. She was a literal buzzkill, having been instrumental in banishing saloons in Yolo County before Prohibition.

Emma also helped erect Mary’s Chapel near Yolo County in 1900.

A North Carolina native, John Laugenour mined for a time in Placerville before coming to Yolo County in 1852, where he became a cattle rancher. John later operated a successful grain warehouse in a partnership with William W. Brownell.

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