A Hilltop Home called “Fairview”

Even though the property is well above Browns Valley proper, “Fairview” was popularly considered to be part of it. Oscar and Adeline became fixtures in the Browns Valley agriculture community.

Snippet: How we know the adobe bunkhouse was on the Padre Trail

The destination of the Padre Trail from Sonoma for the ranchos was the adobe “bunkhouse” and ranch headquarters for Rancho de Napa and Salvador Vallejo. Above is an image, taken in 1887, from the front, from the east side, looking up at the adobe to show us what it looked like.

The Padre Trail – Part I: The First Padre To Use The Trail

From the start of my interest in this area, neighbors and other history buffs had told me about what they called the Padre Trail. In the late 1820s and then 1830s, this trail had gained use by the Spanish and Mexicans at the mission in Sonoma.

A “Brutal Crime” in a Peaceful Place

Thanks to the Archer Taylor Preserve, we are able to walk old logging roads along Redwood Creek and get up to the top of Maggie’s Peak to see the view, and thus gain an affection for the land as we explore it. So it is a shock to find information that this area was one of trauma for some.

The Napa Redwoods Schoolhouse

A former stone schoolhouse: 1913 – 1932 I recently got the chance to look inside of the old stone Napa Redwoods schoolhouse on Redwood Road, past Hess Winery. Mary Montella, with her husband Jeff Newman, has owned the home built from the core of the school for almost 30 years now. She herself has done…