Mountain Drive, a residential enclave of free spirits located in the hills above Montecito, coalesced in the years following
World War II. The driving force behind its formation was Robert McKee Hyde, known to all as Bobby. The spirit of the community
was bohemian, a "live-and-let-live" feel that fostered a close-knit camaraderie. Community interaction often centered on a
growing number of celebrations and festivals. Probably the best-known was the Wine Stomp, begun in 1952, in which the Wine
Queen selected that year was joined in the large wine vat by neighbors to crush that season's harvest. Two generations following
development of the Mountain Drive community an advanced oral history class set out to record the personal memories of those
who were part of Mountain Drive's early days as a Central Coast experiment in non-conformity.
Bobby Hyde, born in 1900, a writer and son of a Santa Barbara artist, instigated the plan to create a community based on his
desire to live an unconventional life. He purchased 50 acres of rugged land in the foothills above Santa Barbara and parceled
out one acre lots to like-minded friends and relatives in the post-World War II 1940s and 1950s. The community was made up
of writers, artists, teachers, musicians, naturalists, tradespersons, wine makers, free thinkers and their families.
2 Linear Feet
2 record storage boxes
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