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History and Self-Guided Walking Tour

French Laundry, housed in this rustic two-story stone building, surrounded by luch gardens, in the heart of Yountville, Napa Valley

Yountville's History
In the early 1800's the area that now makes up the Town of Yountville was owned by Mexico. In 1836, George C. Yount obtained a land grant from the Mexican government, the first such grant in Northern California. Yount named his Caymus Rancho after a tribe of native Americans in the area. It was on this land, in the early 1850s that Yount laid out the town's first boundaries.

By 1868, railroad service had been introduced into the town. The coming of the tracks influenced the configuration of the 1874 Groezinger addition. Although Yountville was not incorporated until 1965, its boundaries have changed very little since 1874.

Initially, the town was known as Sebastopol, but later, in recognition of Yount's contributions, it was renamed in his honor.

The first grape vines in the valley were planted by George C. Yount in 1838.

Self-Guided Walking Tour

There's a lot to see in Yountville by just walking around one of our favorite towns in Napa Valley. Here are a few of the historical places you may want to check out during your visit.

Begin your Self-Guided Historical Walk at V Marketplace:

  1. Former Groezinger Winery
    (National Register of Historic Places)
  2. Original Napa Valley Railroad Depot
  3. Former Southern Pacific Depot
  4. Oak Tree (over 400 years old)
  5. Veterans Home of California
    (National Register of Historic Places)
  6. Napa Valley Museum
  7. Lincoln Theater
  8. Veterans Memorial Park
  9. St. Joan of Arc
  10. Former Bus station
  11. Former Blacksmith Shop & Saloon
  12. Founders Rock & Community Hall
  13. Former Magnolia Hotel
  14. Town Hall, Pioneer School Bell & Historical Marker
  15. Former Whitton House
  16. Former Grigsby Whitton House
    (National Register of Historic Places)
  17. Yountville Community Church
  18. Former Benedetti House
  19. Former Myers Grocery Company
  20. John Wichel's House
  21. Bronze Church Bell & Yountville Park
  22. Pioneer Cemetery
  23. Original Fawver House
  24. Former Tonascia Market
  25. Former Charles Revengo House
    (National Register of Historic Places)
  26. The French Laundry
    (National Register of Historic Places and world-famous restaurant)
  27. Van De Leur Park
  28. Former Gibbs Building
  29. Former Groezinger Mansion

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