A Napa Coloring Book

Distribution In honor of Historic Preservation Month for May, Napa County Landmarks (NCL) distributed free coloring books to all Napa Unified School District third graders. A Napa Coloring Book was written by Marie Dolcini, past NCL Board Member, and was illustrated by Mary Ann Henderson. In 2015 this bilingual coloring book received the Governor’s Historic Preservation Award. Pictured here are the Americorp volunteers who assembled the books for each third grade classroom at the Napa County Office of Education (NCOE). 

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Upcoming Tours, Events & Programs

For over forty five years, Napa County Landmarks has been offering life enriching events and programs that explore Napa County’s cultural heritage, placing a special emphasis on the roles of historic architecture.  We have a lot of great programs, walking tours, workshops, and fundraising events planned for 2019. Keep checking for updates, or join our email list at the bottom of the page to stay updated on dates and details! Walking Tours & Bicycle Tours Napa County includes Napa, Yountville, Calistoga, St. Helena, American Canyon and various small communities within the county. We have seen highs and lows through our fascinating history here in Napa County, and our tours provide a fresh look at the amazing houses, people, and buildings that give Napa County and its beautiful towns and cities a one-of-a-kind character. Our tours provide an opportunity to view private homes and gardens, meet leaders in Historic Preservation, and stroll the charming streets of places such as Calistoga and St. Helena. Dine at great outdoor restaurants, stay at a five-star waterfront resort, and escape the winter doldrums while discovering the area’s surprising cultural heritage. Events & Programs In part, the economic success of towns and communities across our county…

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2019 Golf Tournament–September 10th!

Come join Napa County Landmarks for our 5th annual Golf Tournament! Bring your friends for a fun afternoon of golf and support for historic preservation in Napa County at Eagle Vines Golf Club! Lunch will be provided for the golfers. Our tournament will be held Tuesday, September 10th, at the Eagle Vines Golf Club Registration begins 11:00 am; Tee-Off is 12:00 pm Dinner will be held at 5 pm after the event in the main clubhouse, with awards, gifts for sponsors, and a silent auction! When purchasing tickets in a Foursome, please email us at info@napacountylandmarks.org to confirm the names of your team. All pre-sale tickets will be put on a Will Call list with us at NCL. If you would like to purchase a ticket by check, please mail the check and indicate which ticket you would like to: Napa County Landmarks 1754 Second Street Ste. E Napa, CA 94559

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May is Historic Preservation Month!

Napa County Supervisors honor Historic Preservation Month The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nations’ historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. Established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for May, the event is co-sponsored by local preservation groups. State historical societies, business and civic organizations across the country. On May 9th the Napa County Board of Supervisors declared May as Historical Preservation Month.

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April 27th — Riverboat Captains & Mansions Tour 2019 was a Great Success!

  April 27th, 2019 The Riverboat Captains & Mansions Walking Tour took you down to Napa Abajo – one of the oldest neighborhoods in the City of Napa – along the Napa River. Taking take about an hour 1/2, longer if you chose to access the additional information provided for some of the sites. It was led by Scott Sedgely, Napa Councilman and traditional Riverboat Captain Tour Leader.  Thank you Scott for a job well done! We hope all who participated in this walking tour gained more knowledge about Napa’s history and enjoyed learning stories about these lovely homes! Also a big ‘thank you’ to Brian Jensen and Joanna Guidotti of Churchill Manor who allowed the group to tour the first floor of this historic mansion!!  

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2018 Awards of Merit

Every year Napa County Landmarks recognizes outstanding preservation projects by presenting them with an ‘Award of Merit’. These presentations take place at NCL’s Annual meeting where all members are invited to attend. In 2018 the following sites were awarded in two categories. The first category is for Preservation or Restoration of an existing historic building at least 50 years old. “Preservation places a high standard on the retention of existing form, integrity and materials of a historic property through protection, conservation, maintenance and repair. The project should reflect the building’s continuum over time, through successive occupancies and the respectful changes that have been made. Restoration focuses on the retention of form, features and character from a particular time period in a property’s history, while permitting the removal of materials from another period and limiting the upgrades to mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.” The First Presbyterian Church  The Goodman Library The Italianate House The Pujals Residence The second category is for Rehabilitation or Adaptive reuse of an historic building. Rehabilitation emphasizes the retention and repair of historic materials, however provides for more latitude for replacement as it assumed the property is more deteriorated prior to work. The category also allows for…

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2018 Holiday Candlelight Tour

Once again Napa County Landmarks will be hosting the 29th Annual Holiday Candlelight Tour on Saturday, December 8th from 2 – 6 PM. This year’s tour will feature 11 heritage homes built from 1875 to 1900 in the historic Calistoga Avenue District.  Included in the tour is an authentic 1890 era restored caboose rail car.  The event reception will be in the Napa Valley Art Association building at 1520 Behrens Street in Napa.  Local artists will be showing their work for sale as well as an offering of light refreshments.  Musicians will be performing holiday music throughout and vintage cars will also be on display.  Tickets are $30 for members, $35 for non-members & $40 purchased the day of the event.  Tour details to follow. Buy Tickets

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Fuller Park Tour 2018 – September 15th

Napa County Landmarks is proud to present our annual FULLER PARK TOUR Coming up this September 15th, join us and local expert and tour guide Tom Kennelly and wife Susan Kennelly on 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 architect Luther Turton and the famous Coombs family, who all had ties to this area! WHEN: September 15th, 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 below. We hope to see you there!

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History of Old Sonoma Road site should be recognized

Napa County Landmarks has been instrumental in helping to save many historic structures since the 1970s, when the infamous redevelopment efforts that gave us the “Clock tower” and Dwight Murray Plaza caused the tragic destruction of so many of the beautiful historic buildings downtown. Our organization was born out of the concerns for what was happening at that time. Today, the former Health and Human Services site along Old Sonoma Road presents unique challenges as well as opportunities, and NCL is focused on encouraging an outcome which produces needed new housing while preserving the historic resources there. Last fall, the county was considering selling the now-surplus property and development schemes that involved destroying the historic structures and crescent drive to maximize potential housing units. NCL continues to believe adaptive reuse is the best approach to adding needed housing at the old HHS site. Over the past few months, we hired a consultant to conduct extensive research on the historic resources, held a workshop with community stakeholders on possibilities for repurposing, and, to counter any assertions to the contrary with regard to their historical significance, we submitted an application on behalf of the site for a National Historic Registry designation. If…

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Support NCL on GivingAssistant!

Napa County Landmarks is now on GivingAssistant! This certified for-profit organization allows shoppers to participate in great deals and donate to their favorite nonprofits. Support historic preservation in Napa while you shop!  Check it out!

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