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

September’s program will be a definite do not miss. Mike Woodward, of Sierra Nevada Productions, ...
will present The History of Kernville’s Whiskey Flats Encampments.
Join us in a fun tour through Mike’s reenacting background and learn what events led Mike and his wife, Erin Woodward, to support Whiskey Flat Days and Produce the Whitewater Olympics Wild West Show in 2003 and the Whiskey Flat Encampment piece of Whiskey Flats Days for the past 11 years.
This will be an informative review of many encampments from past Kernville’s Whiskey Flats Days.
Tuesday, Sept. 23rd7PM at the Senior Center in Isabella.  
Bring your family and friends. 

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!