Anderson Valley Museum

Anderson Valley Museum

Located just outside Boonville, the Anderson Valley Museum once housed the school for the valley’s children but these days is home to a colorful collection of ephemera and relics that tell the story of the valley’s inhabitants. The earliest valley settlers were the indigenous Pomo tribes who, in the 1800s, were followed by the first white settlers to the area. View and read about life in the valley and learn how people made a living — mostly from logging. One of the most colorful quirks of the Anderson Valley is Boontling, a linguistic phenomenon that has achieved global notoriety. The lingo was developed in this small, isolated community as a way to not only pass the time but also to poke a little fun at the Brightlighters or Fog Eaters who passed through. Relatively few folks speak Boontling these days but you’ll find it commemorated in the names of beers from Anderson Valley Brewing Company and the Poleeko Roadhouse. Confound your friends with a few choice Boontling terms: http://www.andersonvalleymuseum.org/boont.html!