Local History

Napa County may not have a long history, but it is a fascinating one. Everyone knows about our passion for good wine, but there is so much more to our beautiful valley. Get to know our once-hidden history and discover a side to Napa you never knew existed.

Napa History

Napa County has has seen its agricultural roots grow and expand from fruit orchards, cereal crops, and livestock production to world-renowned wines…

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Goodman Library

Built in 1901, the Goodman Library is the longest continuously operating library in the state of California…

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Brief History Of...

Check out our beginner’s guides to Napa County history with these timelines.

NCHS Publications

Napa County Historical Society produces several publications on Napa County history.

Special Collections

Check out some of these fascinating collections from the NCHS archives.

Research Library

NCHS fosters a community of researchers to promote and expand the study of local history. The Research Library houses books, city directories, original manuscripts, thousands of old photographs, newspaper clippings, maps, architectural drawings, and documents pertaining to the people and history of Napa County.

Napa Valley History Tours

NCHS offers a variety of guided and self-guided tours of Napa County. Visit our Tours page to see what we have available.

Tours