Events

Boonville Beer Festival

Each year the Historical Society staffs the Designated Driver Booth at the Anderson Valley Brew fest. In addition to free water and sodas for Beer Fest attendees, we offer many Valley mementos. Stop by and visit.

Museum Grounds

Stop by for a stroll through our beautiful gardens. Relax and soak up the history on our shaded benches, and bring a picnic lunch if you like. The daffodils welcome you in early spring. Stroll down the sidewalk and slide into our historic Bucky Walter. (That’s “phone booth” in Boontling. Why is a phone booth called a Bucky Walter? Ask your docent!) Our grounds are open during museum hours, Saturdays and Sundays, 1–4pm.

Board Meetings

The Anderson Valley Historical Society Board meets on Monday mornings at 9:30, approximately every six weeks. AVHS members and interested guests are welcome to attend. For specific dates, please contact Sheri Hansen, at (707) 895-3207 or by email. You’ll find us in the Rose Room of the Barn Building on the Museum grounds, 12340 Highway 128, Boonville.

Recent Books

Then and Now: An Anderson Valley Journey

Anderson Valley has certainly changed significantly over its long history. Yet Then and Now: An Anderson Valley Journey, by Wes Smoot and Stephen Sparks, shows us that in some ways the Valley has altered very little. This fascinating book presents old and new photographs of selected buildings and homes, accompanied by brief “biographies” of each building and locale, thereby providing a journey through history. The reader is encouraged to literally take an excursion along the length of beautiful Anderson Valley and observe the sixty locations that are featured alongside or near to Highway 128, the 2-lane road that winds through the Valley. Through the descriptions and photos, you’ll see how some places have changed and some staying surprisingly constant. A delight to read as you drive through the Valley or relax your armchair at home, Then and Now offers a vibrant trip through this unique region and its history for local folks and visitors alike. To order, call (707) 895-3207 or email Sheri Hansen.

Anderson Valley—Images of America

Authored by the Historical Society and using pictures from the museum and many private collections, this book uses pictures to share the history of Anderson Valley and the fun of Boontling. To order, call (707) 895-3207 or email Sheri Hansen.

 

12340 Hwy 128, Boonville CA
a line of boys and their teacher display the sheep they cared for, mid-1900s

Future Farmers of America, 1947