Four Lesser Known Yet Important Landmarks in the Napa Valley

Napa, the wonderful grape growing, wine making region of Southern California, has so much to offer and see. This beautiful region is home to many lovely sites, restaurants, hotels, and attractions. People love to visit primarily to see the vineyards and learn more about the wine-making process. They also love the family friendly atmosphere. Napa, however, is also home to some enthralling and historic landmarks that are also worth seeing.

J.C. Weinberger Winery / William Cole Vineyards


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The J.C. Weinberger Winery, currently known as William Cole Vineyards, is a perfect example of stone commercial/industrial architecture typical in Napa, from 1870 to 1920. Near many Napa hotels, this historic landmark is significant for its connections to events that made substantial contributions to the winemaking industry in Napa Valley, during the early twentieth century.

John Weinberger and his wife, Hannah, were some of the first wine makers in Napa County. The garden landscape around the winery building represents the work of Thomas D. Church, a landscape architect who designed the layout in 1938.

The First Presbyterian Church

Located at 1333 3rd Street, just under seven miles away from SpringHill Suites by Marriott Napa Valley, the First Presbyterian Church is a prime example of a historical building constructed in the Gothic Revival architecture. The original congregation came together in 1853. They were a small group of worshipers, who by 1857, had a place of their own to meet on Randolph Street. The present-day sanctuary underwent completion in 1874, and became a historical landmark in 1975.

Brannan Cottage Inn

Samuel Brannan purchased a lot in Napa back in 1857 in Calistoga, just over half an hour out from the Milliken Creek Inn & Spa in Napa. His original idea was to capitalize on the natural mineral waters of the area and build a resort destination. He opened his doors in 1862, and the hotel space included bathing pools, a dance pavilion, stables, and guest cottages.

The Brannan Cottage Inn is one of the three original resort cottages, and the only one in the original location. A preservation and restoration plan became implemented to maintain the unique character of the property. Thanks to the efforts of many offices, the Brannan Cottage will be around for years to come.

Nichelini Homestead Cabin

Constructed in 1890, this wooden, single story building stands in the northeast part of Napa, about 24 miles away from the Napa Discovery Inn. The Nichelini Homestead cabin maintains seven aspects integral to preserve its history, including design, materials, feeling, location, setting, association, and handicraft.

The one-room cabin is approximately 12 feet by 14 feet, constructed of redwood board and batten siding. It is one of the original cabins still standing from that time period. The cabin is a crucial building expected to yield further information about early homestead life in the region.

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Author Bio: Gabriel Winston, a Hipmunk writer, likes to write about unusual places, when possible about caves in South America, though fashionable digs across North America are also interesting. He lives in Alberta, Canada, and loves hiking and recording his trips on film and on his blog “Where the Dog Never Lies.”

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