downtown boonville, many years ago

Downtown Boonville, early 1930s

The Anderson Valley Historical Society is a non-profit, volunteer organization. Collecting, researching, and sharing the rich history of Anderson Valley is both our mission and our pleasure!

Search Anderson Valley Graveyards through Find-A-Grave

You can now search identified markers in four graveyards on the Anderson Valley Graveyards page and through Mendocino County Records.

12340 Hwy 128, Boonville CA

History & Fun at
the Wightman House

Join us for a special local history event at the Wightman House on Sunday, August 12, 2018. Don't miss it!

The Museum

Our museum is centrally located a half-mile northwest of Boonville in the Con Creek Schoolhouse. Built in 1891, it taught children of lumberjacks and sheep farmers for almost ninety years before closing in 1979, when it was purchased by The Community Services District with an agreement that it would be leased to the Anderson Valley Historical Society for use as a museum.

Today, the museum shares relics and information about Anderson Valley’s colorful past, including the original native residents up to Boontling, the whimsical local language once spoken widely throughout the valley. Whether you simply stop for a picnic in our redwood grove or stay to enjoy the museum for the afternoon, we hope to see you soon!

February - November
Saturday & Sunday, 1-4pm

the museum entrance with picnic table in the foreground under a large oak tree

The Little Red Schoolhouse