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.

What's Happening

On the heels of the miners came the farmers and ranchers.  They saw the rich bottom lands and the abundant water of the Kern River and envisioned productive farms and great herds of cattle.

Many early ranchers, as well as those colorful characters - the cowboys - settled here and founded pioneer families.  Among other things, we display significant items of early-day ranching including brands, blacksmithing tools, and barbed wire.

Our photographic display holds many images of the early settlers of  this region.