Inverness is a beautiful
coastal waterfront village in Marin County just 1 hour north of
Judge James Shafter, whose
family wound up with the Point Reyes peninsula following
California statehood, subdivided the wooded west shore of Tomales
Bay in 1889 to recover some railroading losses. Inverness served
as a summer town from the start, a magnet for many of the Bay
Area's comfortable set and later, refugees from the 1906 San
Francisco earthquake who unknowingly relocated atop the same,
mischievous San Andreas Fault. Over time, Inverness has also drawn
its share of artists and academicians.
For the visitor, Inverness
marks the last settlement before entering the mass of the Point
Reyes National Seashore, 72,000 acres of wilderness and beach and
ranchland from which one can still see San Francisco.