The gothic Napa Asylum for the Insane began housing patients nearly 140 years ago. Although the original castle-like buildings and Luther Turton-designed doctors’ mansions were demolished in the mid-20th century, the property was famous for its exquisite architecture and...Read More
Kristen Harnisch’s sweeping debut novel tells the story of betrayal, retribution, and redemption played out in the Carneros District in the Napa Valley, New York City and the Loire Valley. Based partly on research at the Napa County Historical Society, it features a...Read More
Librarian Stephanie Farrell Grohs co-authored with local historian Lauren Coodley Frankie’s Journey: The Silk Road to Napa. It traces the 1908 trek of an imaginary San Francisco boy from his home at the Youth’s Directory, a Catholic charity in San Francisco, to St....Read More
The mission of Napa County Historical Society is to discover and keep history alive through exhibits, lectures, and events, as well as research, publications, and educational activities. We are a membership-based archival and educational organization dedicated to the discovery, preservation and presentation of the people and history of Napa County and its place in California history.
You can support Napa County Historical Society by becoming a member, making a donation, or by becoming a volunteer or intern.- Because of the earthquake, our volunteer and internship programs are temporarily on hold. We cannot accept new applications.
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Due to the earthquake, NCHS and the Goodman Library are temporarily closed. The Research Library cannot process any new requests at this time.
NCHS fosters a community of researchers to promote and expand the study of Napa County’s fascinating 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. For more information, click here.