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

Marge Powers has donated her fascinating photograph of Old Kernville to the Historical Society! The original is housed in the Annex, and a copy – identical in quality and framing – is hanging in the Museum Gift Shop just as it hung in the home of Marge and Bob Powers. You can order an exact, locally-made copy of this heirloom image.

This photograph is a 1916 black and white panoramic image of Old Kernville before the dam, looking along Main Street and Nellie Dent Street. Measuring only 12 inches high by 40 inches wide, and framed in a custom-made frame of weathered barn wood, this photo takes you back through time. You see the Mountain Inn, the A. Brown Store, Doc Smith’s house, and the future site of Don Hanning’s Saloon, appearing as vibrant as they were back then. The perspective of the image beckons you down the streets.

This framed, limited edition photograph would make a wonderful addition to any home, whether modern or traditional. You may order one at the museum gift shop, or pay for one there if available and take it with you. The price is $189 plus tax.

The quantity is limited ~ so don’t be left out!.

What a great Christmas present!