Highway 1 is open during the day to Hearst Castle. However, between the towns of Gorda and Ragged Point, Highway 1 is not open due to roadwork Sunday nights through Friday mornings (from 10pm to 7am). Motorists may encounter one-way traffic controls in these areas even when full closures are not in effect. For more information on Highway 1 conditions please visit www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm


This white marble statue is a copy of a famous neoclassical sculpture by the Italian artist Antonio Canova (1757-1822). Canova created two versions of The Three Graces in the early 1800s. The original statue was sculpted for Empress Josephine and it is now part of the collection at The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The second version was commissioned by the sixth Duke of Bedford, John Russell, and it was originally installed at the Duke’s residence in Woburn Abbey. It is currently jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and is alternately displayed at each. (The Hearst Castle collection includes an original Canova sculpture of Venus, on view in the Assembly Room of Casa Grande.)

The Three Graces were the daughters of Zeus. They were said to represent beauty, charm and joy and their names were, from left to right: Euphrosyne; Aglaia; Thalia. In mythology, The Three Graces sang and danced for the gods on Mount Olympus.