National Register Listings in
Napa County, California

Aetna Springs Resort Alexandria Hotel and Annex Andrews, William, House Atkinson House Bale Mill Bank of Napa Beringer Brothers-Los Hermanos Winery Brannan, Sam, Cottage Buford House Carneros Creek Bridge on Old Sonoma Road Chateau Chevalier Chateau Pacheteau Churchill Manor Earl, Thomas, House Elmshaven Eshcol Winery Far Niente Winery First National Bank First Presbyterian Church First Street Bridge Francis, James H., House French Laundry Garnett Creek Bridge on CA 29 Garnett Creek Bridge on Greenwood Avenue Goodman Library Goodman, George E., Jr., House Goodman, George E., Mansion Gordon Building Greystone Cellars Groezinger Wine Cellars Hackett House Hatt Building Helios Ranch Henessey, Dr. Edwin, House Juarez, Cayetano, Adobe Kee, Sam, Laundry Building Kreuzer Ranch Krug, Charles, Winery Larkmead Winery Lisbon Winery Manasse Mansion Manasse, Edward G., House Maxwell Creek Bridge on Hardin Road Migliavacca House Milliken Creek Bridge Monte Vista and Diamond Mountain Vineyard Mount View Hotel Napa Abajo-Fuller Park Historic District Napa County Courthouse Plaza Napa County Infirmary Napa Opera House Napa River Bridge on Zinfandel Lane Napa Valley Railroad Depot Nichelini Winery Noyes Mansion Oakville Grocery Old Napa Register Building Palmer, Judge Augustus C., House Pinkham, Capt. George, House Pope Street Bridge Ramos, John, Sherry House-Depot Saloon Rhine House Rovegno, Charles, House Saint Helena Southern Pacific Railroad Depot Schramsberg Vineyard Semorile Building Smith, Williams, House Special Internal Revenue Bonded Warehouse, First District, No. 13 St. Helena Catholic Church St. Helena High School St. Helena Historic Commercial District St. Helena Public Cemetery St. Helena Public Library Suscol House Swartz Creek Bridge on Aetna Springs Road Taylor, Duckworth and Company Foundry Building Tubbs, Alfred L., Winery US Post Office-Napa Franklin Station Veterans Home of California Chapel Webber, John Lee, House Weinberger, J.C., Winery William Tell Saloon and Hotel Winship-Smernes Building Wulff, Capt. N. H., House York House Yount, Eliza G., House
The state's name is derived from a novel called "Las Sergas de Esplandián," which was published in 1510. The book, written by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo, tells the story of a mythical island called California that is ruled by Queen Calafia and is said to be filled with gold and precious stones.
Napa County, located in the heart of California's renowned wine region, has a rich history that spans centuries. The area was originally inhabited by the indigenous Wappo people, who peacefully coexisted with nature and relied on the region's abundant resources for their livelihoods. However, in the early 19th century, European settlers began to arrive, marking a significant shift in the county's landscape.

In 1838, George C. Yount, a pioneer from Ohio, was the first to receive a land grant in what is now Napa County. Yount recognized the potential of the region's fertile soil and mild climate for viticulture, planting the county's first vineyards. Yountville, a small town named in recognition of his efforts, remains a charming center for wine tourism to this day.

Napa County experienced a boom in the mid-19th century when gold miners, known as "Forty-Niners," flocked to the area during the California Gold Rush. While some found success in mining, others turned to agriculture and established vineyards and wineries. However, the county faced significant challenges during this time, with fires, floods, and economic downturns threatening its growth.

It was not until the late 20th century that Napa County truly cemented its reputation as a world-class wine region. In the 1960s and 1970s, a new generation of winemakers, many of whom were immigrants from Europe, began producing high-quality wines that garnered international recognition. The famous "Judgment of Paris" wine tasting in 1976, where Napa Valley wines outshined French wines, further solidified the region's status. Since then, Napa County has become synonymous with fine wines and has attracted wine enthusiasts from around the globe.

Today, Napa County continues to thrive as a premier wine destination, boasting over 400 wineries and vineyards. It has also diversified its economy, attracting tourists with its picturesque landscapes, gourmet dining, and luxurious resorts. Despite the challenges faced over the years, Napa County's rich history and commitment to winemaking have allowed it to establish itself as a world-renowned wine region, capturing the hearts of wine lovers and leaving a lasting legacy.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Napa County, California.

  • 1839: Napa County is established from parts of Solano County.
  • 1850: Napa becomes one of the 27 original counties of California.
  • 1860: The first commercial winery, Charles Krug Winery, is founded.
  • 1872: The Napa County Courthouse is built, becoming a local landmark.
  • 1883: The first railroad line in Napa County is completed.
  • 1908: The Napa State Hospital is established, providing mental health services.
  • 1936: The Golden Gate Bridge opens, connecting Napa County to San Francisco.
  • 1950s: The wine industry in Napa County starts to gain international recognition.
  • 1967: The Napa Valley Agricultural Preserve is established to protect agricultural land.
  • 1976: The Judgment of Paris wine competition boosts Napa Valley's reputation.
  • 1990s: The number of wineries in Napa County continues to grow rapidly.
  • 2014: The Napa earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.0, causes significant damage.