Meet the maker
Tressa "Grandma" Prisbrey
Tressa Prisbrey, born in Easton, Minnesota found her way to Santa Susana, California (now Simi Valley) and eventually purchases the land at 4959 Cochran Street. Grandma Prisbrey started the whimsical project on her 1/3 acre lot on Cochran Street in 1956. She didn't begin construction until she was 60 and didn't stop until 1981 at 85.
Bottle Village Memories Video
In Our Neighborhood
Those who knew Grandma Prisbrey or visited her Bottle Village between the years 1955 and 1983 - we'd like to hear from you!
We are creating a video that includes interviews of visitors and their memories of the early years of Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village.
We'd appreciate any photos or memorabilia you may have as well.
Please contact us
Volunteering at the village
Friends of Bottle Village
Like to spend time outdoors? Come and join us at Bottle Village. As an outdoor museum we do a lot of sweeping, raking and weeding. If you'd be interested in coming out to help - Please contact us.
Join the Friends of Bottle Village. We rely on the support of many to continue our efforts to restore and rebuild Bottle Village. As a Friend of Bottle Village you will receive one free admission annually on renewal. All members will have the early access to special event tickets at Friends only prices.
2019 Public Tour Dates
Saturday, September 14th, 5 pm
Saturday, October 26th, 10 am
Sunday, November 17th, 10 am
Sunday, December 15th, 10 am
Waiver of Liability Forms
Each visitor must complete the Waiver of Liability forms.
These are available the day of the tour or may be filled out
in advance of the tour and brought with you.
Adult Waiver form
Minor Waiver form
Bottle Village, as the name implies, is composed of glass bottles. Over the years and as a result of the extensive 1994 Northridge earthquake, bottles that used to be part of the structures, are in storage throughout the site. There are also pieces of broken glass. The remaining original structures sustained structural damage and cannot be entered under any circumstance. Portions of the site are not accessible to the general public.
The fragile mosaic walkways necessitate that visitors wear soft-soled shoes and no pointed or hard heels. No open toed shoes, sandals or flip-flops. The site is not equipped for strollers and is not ADA accessible.
- website redesigned by Nathan Turley, Santa Susana ROP Graphic Design -