The Kern River Valley Historical Society is celebrating over 50 years of operation! Our mission is to preserve and communicate the rich and colorful history of this region. The Kern Valley Museum in downtown Kernville, next to the Post Office, welcomes visitors to explore our rich history.

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When early settlers came to this region they found lush stands of pine, cedar, oak and at higher elevations Sequoia trees. Lumbering in the nearby mountains, especially the Greenhorns, was essential to mining and the establishment of homes and businesses.  The Museum contains representative tools of the lumber industry and many photographs of the logging and milling of the timber grown here.