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

November 24th Membership Meeting

American Legion Post 711 and American Legion Riders.

At our November 24th General Membership Meeting, our speakers will be Mike Brownell, president of the Legion Riders, and Daures Stephens.

They will tell us about the American Legion and their many activities in our valley that have benefited all of us. They will include pictures of their past projects and achievements.

Their recent endeavors include the reopening of the Kern Valley Court, supporting the honor flight program, supporting the citizen achievement award program, and painting the two military vehicles at Tank Park. They are living up to their motto, “For God and Country.”

The American Legion consists of four groups; The Legion, the Legion Riders, the Women’s Auxiliary, and the Sons of the American Legion. They are always alert to issues that involve vets and our citizens.

Don’t miss this informative program on Tuesday November 24th starting at 7 PM at the Senior Center.  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!




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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