History of Yountville, CA
From: History of Solano County, California
By: Marguerite Hunt
And Napa County, California.
By: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago 1926
This town is located about nine miles north of Napa on the main Highway to Calistoga. This was the home of George
C. Yount, the original settler of the county. This place was known as Sebastopol until 1867, when the name was
changed to Yountville. The town was built upon both sides of the line of the Caymus grant; those living on the
grant wanted to call it Yountville, while those outside of the grant called their side Sebastopol. This will account
for the two names.
The Baptist Church was organized May 14, 1874. In 1881 it had 60 members. It is now used as a Community Church,
services being held by outside ministers. Its probable value is about $6,000.
Monticello is located in the lower end of Berryessa valley about 27 miles north of Napa. The first house was
built in 1866 by E. A. Peacock. It was a dwelling house and was followed the same year by another dwelling and
a blacksmith shop erected by B. F. Davis. In 1867 David Talley erected a hotel building, which was known as the
Fitch Hotel. In the same year I. N. Van Neys started a store. ____ Beck started a blacksmith shop also. Monticello
is the only town in the fertile Berryessa valley. This valley has been for years a vast grain district but for
several years the large tracts or ranches have been broken up into smaller holdings and many acres are being planted
to fruit trees, with the prospect that in the not far distant future, the valley will be one of the best fruit
producing districts in the State.