The Petaluma heritage starts with fertile soil, mild weather, and a navigable waterway. For centuries these conditions have proved ideal for meeting basic needs as well as building a community and trading with the world beyond.
Most places are known for growing things or making things or distributing things. Petaluma has done all three throughout its history – excelling in architecture, technology, hard goods, and services.
Petaluma flourished as a shipping port a century and a half ago. Scows, steamers and barges plied their way along Petaluma Creek, transporting products from nearby farms and forests to San Francisco.
Birthplace of the first practical egg incubator, Petaluma has been a trailblazer in the poultry industry since the mid-1880’s. The chicken and egg business influenced Petaluma in ways still felt today.
Petaluma’s physical structures tell a story of innovation and refinement, resilience and luck. Many of the town’s heritage buildings remain thanks to limited damage during the 1906 earthquake and preservation-minded citizens.
From the 1870s through today, people from all over the region have flocked to Petaluma to enjoy a wide variety of entertainment – from high-brow operas and vaudeville acts, to modern theater and live music shows.
Strong women have shaped Petaluma’s history. They’ve powered the agriculture industry, invested in real estate, raised funds for civic buildings, and served as leaders in times of calm and crisis.
Petaluma boasts an abundance of residential buildings with historic and cultural significance. More than just architectural gems, these homes reflect the emphasis on family – and style – throughout our town’s history.