The Kern River Valley Historical Society has been in operation for over 40 years. Our mission is to preserve and communicate the rich and colorful history of this region. To achieve these goals we have established the Kern Valley Museum in downtown Kernville next to the Post Office.
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Sirretta Street Sale 

 

Saturday, May 7th, the Sirretta Street Sale is coming again!

This year we’ve had a large donation of dressers, nightstands, tables and chairs from a motel.

So if you’re in need of any of those items come on by the Methodist Church parking lot!

We are also in need of other good quality items to sell. Those can be brought to the museum the Thursday and Friday before the sale.

We also need people for set-up early Saturday morning and salespeople during the day! There is a sign-up sheet at the museum, or you can contact Rich Burdge.  

The Kern Valley Museum houses artifacts from prehistoric times to the present.  We have a large geological and fossil exhibit, mining and ranching artifacts, an interactive history of the Edison hydroelectric plants, exhibits of the movie-making history of the area and construction of the Isabella Dam.


There are thousands of photographs of the early settlers, miners, cowboys and Indians.

Our wonderful back porch and yard are home for a 1925 Graham Truck, covered wagon and the Stagecoach John Wayne rode while filming scenes of “Stagecoach” in our Valley.

We also have a giant stamp mill used to render gold-bearing ore to powder, a working assay office, blacksmith shop and a restored and furnished 100 year old cabin.


In the 1850’s, Gold Fever gripped the nation. The Kern River Valley was part of the gold rush that spurred the westward migration of fortune seekers who became ranchers, farmers and merchants when the gold played out.

The Museum stands rich in history.  Come and discover the treasures it holds!





 

 

Location

49 Big Blue Road
PO Box 651
Kernville, CA 93238
(760) 376-6683
Hours:
10 am - 4 pm
Thursday - Sunday

Admission is Free

We are closed:
New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas.

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