Thanks to all who attended and spoke at the lovely event on Saturday March 28th for the installation of the plaque marking the spot of John Thomas Reed’s 1843 adobe home. Great weather, great speakers, the participation of Reed family members and Miwok descendants, all contributed a moving tribute to the intrepid spirit of those…

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Today the City of Mill Valley installed the interpretive plaque which identifies the approximate location of the adobe home of Mill Valley pioneer John Reed. In approximately 1836 John Reed, the first recipient of a Mexican land-grant north of San Francisco, Corte Madera del Presidio, built a one-story, 18’x30’ adobe home near the current intersection…

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Please join us on Thursday, October 30th for the Mill Valley Historical Society’s 37th Annual Member Meeting and Potluck Dinner. This yearly event provides a wonderful opportunity to see old friends and to meet those who share our own interest in the rich history of Mill Valley. The Annual Meeting includes the election of six…

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The Old Mill, built by John Reed.

Welcome to the Mill Valley Historical Society This website serves to keep our members and visitors informed about the many activities as well as the extensive historical archives pertaining to and related to the history of Mill Valley, California.  If you are not already a member of the Mill Valley Historical Society, whether you live…

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The Mill Valley Lumberyard served Mill Valley for well over 100 years as a Lumber and Hardware store. (They first opened in 1892) It was the gateway to Mill Valley, as generations of visitors arrived by train.  Eventually, Miller Avenue laid pavement over the tracks, (early 1940’s) and it then served as the gateway to…

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