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

Jim Whiteman, Honor Flight At our April 28th General Membership Meeting.

We will have our own Jim Whiteman sharing his experiences with the Kern County Honor Flight. Jim will show a short movie and slide presentation about Veteran’s Honor Flight #10 which he attended on May 6-8, 2014.

The Honor Flight is a national organization that sends World War II and other veterans to Washington, D.C. at no cost to the veteran. It is an all-volunteer non-profit. Top priority is given to senior veterans (WWII and Korean War survivors) along with those who may be terminally ill. In Kern County, there are about 46,779 veterans. 8,000 of those are WWII and Korean War vets. 

Tuesday, April 28th, 7PM  at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella.  Bring your family and friends.  

This should be a fun and interesting program. Don’t miss it! 

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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