Sonoma Valley Historical Society and Depot Park Museum History
The mission of the Sonoma Valley Historical Society is to provide a forum and a resource for the study and dissemination of Sonoma Valley history for present and future generations by identifying collecting, preserving and sharing artifacts, documents and images.
The Sonoma Valley Historical Society was established in January of 1937 by a small group of citizens to honor pioneer families and to collect, preserve and share the history of the Valley of the Moon. The Society, a non-profit organization has operated continuously ever since that time. In early years Exhibits were placed in the City Hall and Community Center.
The City of Sonoma acquired the old Northwestern Pacific depot and adjacent land to prevent the loss of the historic site.In 1975, fire destroyed the historic train depot in Sonoma. A major fund-raising drive by the Society, along with a grant from the city and additional funds from the Sonoma County Landmarks Commission, provided funding to rebuild the Depot as a Community Museum. The adjacent land was dedicated as Depot Park. The new museum and park opened in 1979.
There is no charge to visit the museum. Come visit the Depot Museum, showcasing the train history of Sonoma Valley. Walking distance from the downtown plaza.
The City of Sonoma leased the Marcy House to the Sonoma Valley Historical Society as a Archival Center to store and research the extensive files of the Historical Society.