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.

News Flash


Saturday, May 30th at 6:00 PM/

Come join us for a fun night at the museum.

The evening will include dinner by Hodel’s, music by Out of the Blue, wine, a live auction, a silent auction, free door prizes, raffles, a 50/50 raffle, rides on the Graham truck, and loads of fun!

Hodel’s is catering a fantastic dinner complete with checkered table cloths, and nice dinnerware. Dinner will consist of hand carved herb crusted roast, deep pit turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, hot fresh vegetables, tossed salad, plus a broccoli raisin salad, a fresh fruit salad, a four bean salad, and rolls and butter. To top it all off, your choice of desserts to include warm berry cobbler, mini dessert pies of coconut crèam, chocolate cream, chocolate peanut butter, or banana. Coffee and tea are included. Wow! What a feast!

We must know how many people are coming so that Hodel’s can cater our dinner. This is the reason for the presale. Tickets for the event will not be sold at the door on May 30th . The cutoff date for tickets sales will be May 27th .

There will be many fantastic items for our auctions and raffles. Several examples include a private flight around the Kern River Valley, a portable barbeque from True Value, an outstanding antique gold scale with a wooden/glass case with an entire weight set, vintage 1880’s to 1920’s, a group of 4 old westerns on DVD’s filmed right here in the Kern River Valley with scenes of Movie Street, Wofford Ranch, the old Methodist Church in old Kernville, the rope bridge that went across the Kern River, a view of Engineer’s Point before the dam, and more. We are still gathering up treasures for the raffles and auctions. There will be a variety of selections.

This event is a major fundraiser for our building project. We need your participation. So put on your western duds and join the fun. Tickets are on sale now. Buy a ticket at the museum, from a board member or email Cost: $30.00 per ticket. 

Don't miss out on this event!

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!




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

Admission is Free

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

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