The Art & Architecture of Tulocay Cemetery

Limited space for this inaugural walking tour! Join Napa County Landmarks, Inc. and Rebecca Yerger, historian, historic preservation consultant and Napa Valley Register columnist, for this new walking tour.   On All Souls’ Day & Dia de los Muertos Saturday November 2, 2019  from 10 AM – NOON at Tulocay Cemetery 411 Coombsville Rd., Napa.   Established in 1859, Tulocay Cemetery has been the steward of the final resting place of long-ago Napa Valley residents, and others, for generations. Within its serene park-like setting, many of those at rest within Tulocay Cemetery have been honored with special markers, statuary and/or structures. Each of these commemorative elements and objects hold their own unique and meaningful design, style and symbolism. The details of these remembrances and acts of reverence will be the focus of each featured walking tour stop. Also, a brief biographical sketch highlighting the life and times of those associated with the featured sites will complete the story. The tour begins at Duffy family mausoleum beginning at 9:45 AM.   Tickets: $15 NCL Members, $20 Non-members, Day of Tour: $25.  Visit our store here to buy tickets for this fascinating tour!  

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Napa County Landmark’s Exclusive Event!

Connections of a Judge, JUSTICE and a Lady.   Judge Johnson and Sarah Horrell House and the Hayman Cottage. The Judge Johnson and Sarah Horrell House and the Hayman Cottage in Napa is the winner of a 2019 Preservation Design Award for Restoration. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. In making their decision, the jury noted the incredible work done to unearth the home’s past, stating, “there was a major research project to discover the house’s history, and to return the structure back to its original beauty.” About this projectThe Horrell House had been neglected for decades with historical elements removed so that it was barely recognizable from its original Gothic Revival style. However, if you looked beyond all this you could see traces of its former glory – the sawn-off bargeboard, the old portico foundation, and evidence of shutters once adorning this old house. Many hours of research and discovery of its past revealed its important early Napa history and the family that built it circa 1856. There were only three families that owned the house until 1947, the last…

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A Haunting We Will Go!

In Search of the Enchanting Relics of Napa County Walking Tours! Sunday, October 13, 2019, from 10 AM – Noon in Calistoga. RESCHEDULED!! October 20th, from 3-5 PM in Calistoga!!!   Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 4 – 6 PM in Napa. These walking tours are autumn haunting season only events . . .“Rain or Shine!” Space is limited. Join Napa County Landmarks and Rebecca Yerger. historian, historic preservation consultant and Napa Valley Register columnist, for two new walking tours featuring a mesmerizing sampler of the haunts of Napa County’s other spirits.   The Calistoga ghostly gathering on Saturday, October 13th, will meet at Pioneer Park on Cedar Street to register, beginning at 9:45 AM.     This spectral exploration will hover along Calistoga’s Lincoln Avenue revealing frightful to humorous paranormal accounts. It will also uncover the enchanting mortal and architectural heritage of the featured locations. The tour will conclude at Pioneer Park for a remote visitation to outlying sites of fright.   The Napa spook-tacular gathering on Saturday, October 26th, will meet at the north end of the Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street to register, beginning at 3:45 PM.   It is said, downtown Napa is a paranormal…

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Legacies of Long Ago Napans: Gifts from the Past

2019 Fall History Classes of Napa Discover the unique histories, defining characteristics and significance of a representative cross-section of Napa County’s historic properties and sites!   Mondays, September 23-October 21, 2019from 6:30 – 8 PM. Native Sons of the Golden West Hall937 Coombs Street, Napa  

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Fuller Park Tour 2019 – September 7th

Napa County Landmarks is proud to announce another successful 2019 Fuller Park Historic Walking Tour! On September 7th, local expert and tour guide Tom Kennelly and wife Susan Kennelly conducted a walking tour of Napa’s very own Fuller Park! This historic district offers a wide array of architectural styles, from Queen Anne to Greek Revival to Prairie, and a glimpse into Napa’s past. Learn about local Napa architects Luther Turton and William Corlett; as well as the famous Coombs family, who had ties to this area! WHEN: September 7th, 10:00 am WHERE: Fuller Park, corner of Jefferson Street and Oak Street Tickets are be available for purchase on the day of the event, or online .   Special Feature: One home was open for an exclusive interior tour! All those who participated thoroughly enjoyed it! Be sure to join us next year!

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Napa County Landmarks 2019 Golf Tournament!

  The NCL 5th Annual Golf Tournamentwas a tremendous success!    The day was perfect for an afternoon of golf and support historic preservation in Napa County at Eagle Vines Golf Club! Lunch was provided for the golfers, as well as prizes for winners, gifts for sponsors, and access to a silent auction! Thank you Golfers!!Hope to see you next year! Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 at the Eagle Vines Vineyards & Golf Club. Registration begins 11:00 am; Tee-Off is 12:00 pm. Dinner was held at 5 pm after the event in the main clubhouse, with awards, gifts for sponsors and a silent auction! For sponsorship and ticket purchases go to STORE link above. To complete registration & donation forms, download here: Golf Event Registration & Donation Forms

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9th Annual Porchfest

– Out of the Garage & onto the Porch – Once again Napa County Landmarks sponsored Napa’s largest outdoor summer event! Our annual Porch Festival is a free one day event showcasing Napa Musicians playing on some of the finest historic porches in town. A big THANK YOU for all who came out and supported this amazing event for another year!! Sunday, July 28th Big Success!!   We look forward to seeing you again next year.

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2019 Ten Most Threatened Treasures + One

Recently Napa County Landmarks (NCL) through its Preservation Action Committee (PAC) released the 2019 version of the Napa County Ten + 1 Most Threatened Treasures list. For those of you not familiar with this list, NCL made an annual compilation of historic structures throughout Napa County that were in danger of being lost. Usually this was due to “demolition by neglect”, however it also could have been due to an earthquake or an owner’s plans to do something else with their property. It’s been over five years since NCL has surveyed the County and published such a list. Since May has been designated National Preservation Month by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, it was felt the time was right to once again embark on this task. On May 8th an article ran on the front page of the Napa Valley Register. There are several examples of historical structures that once were on the former Ten Most Threatened Treasures lists that have been since been brought back by owners to “like new” condition. Some examples of these include: The Old Adobe on Soscol Avenue; The Borreo Building where Stone Brewery is housed; the once neglected Italianate house formerly on Polk…

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