The town of Napa, county seat of Napa County and the largest community in the world-famous Napa Valley, was founded in 1847 and has been enjoying transition during the last several decades. Beginning in the mid-1800s when it was an important way-station for the “49ers” of California’s Gold Rush, Napa has been a regional center for such varied commercial endeavors as tanneries and prune processing. Known until recently mainly as home to a State mental facility, the town has been evolving into a center of hospitality for the food and wine industries. Although most former Napa residents were blue collar workers, today its workforce is heavily employed by the tourism industry.
“Restaurant Row,” now a fixture on Napa’s Main Street, is the latest outgrowth of Napa County’s prospering wine industry, which began with a single winery in the town of Napa. Although the community’s approximately 77,000 residents take great pride in its present improvements and fame, they are also known for respecting and celebrating the history manifested in charming historic districts and beautiful Victorian-era homes. A low crime rate, clean air and great weather make Napa a fine place to visit, invest in a vacation home or settle down and raise a family.