Healdsburg History

When you long for small town charm, come to Healdsburg. Envision a town with the best qualities of turn-of-the century America, yet with the ambiance of a European countryside. Tucked between 3 lush valleys and surrounded by over 60 wineries, Healdsburg is nestled in the heart of the wine country. We're only 65 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 101.

Settling the Area
Our early residents, the Pomo Indians, built their villages in these open fertile valleys along the Russian River. The wild 1800s and California Gold Rush brought new settlers to the generous farming land here. One early entrepreneur, Harmon Heald, envisioned a grand plan for the village that would be his namesake. In 1857, he constructed a store and post office, sold lots downtown, and plotted a town complete with a Spanish-style Plaza. Healdsburg was officially incorporated 10 years later. The extension of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad in 1871 brought visitors and increased commerce to our booming town.

Modern Healdsburg
The City of Healdsburg continues to flourish. We are a full service city, providing electrical, water, and sewer services to residents. Healdsburg's safety is ensured by modern and well-equipped police and fire departments. Economic development is guided through the efforts of the local Community Redevelopment Agency.

Read more about Healdsburg's rich history on the Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society page.