Current exhibit at the West County Museum

Area diggers search, collect glassware for Sebastopol Bottles

The current exhibit at the Museum displays a variety of bottles from this area.

Milk, soda, seltzer, beer and water bottles throughout history are exhibited along with pharmacy and medicine bottles. Learn about diggers, people who search for and collect all kinds of bottles. See some of the first distinctive Coca Cola bottles ever made.

Old "cream top" milk bottles had top sections to make it easy to scoop out the cream. See the brandy bottles made for Speas Apple Brandy in what is now the Rialto Movie Theater. Turn of the century quart beer bottles embossed with the names of Sebastopol bottling companies were filled with locally produced porter and steam beers.

The museum is free and open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm. 261 So. Main Street, Sebastopol

Historical Society Events


Events at Sebastopol Area Senior Center


Sculpture outside entrance to Luther Burbank Experiment Farm.

Upcoming Events

  • Farm to host open house and plant sale Saturday September 24, and Sunday, September 25, 10 AM – 4 PM. FREE.Luther Burbank performed most of the experiments which resulted in the creation of more than 800 new varieties ...
    Posted by Wayne Wieseler
  • Cemetery Walk tickets on sale now Friday, October 7, and Saturday, October 8, 201614th Annual Barbara Bull Memorial Sebastopol Cemetery WalkLearn about Sebastopol's citizens, plus help support the Burbank Farm and West County ...
    Posted Jun 22, 2016, 7:50 AM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Become A Docent If you like plants and walks in a park with people who also like them, then you'll enjoy guiding visitors around Luther Burbank’s Experiment (Gold Ridge) Farm on ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2016, 4:08 PM by Wayne Wieseler
  • Luther Rides Again ! Yes! It is true! Luther Burbank, beloved horticulturist, will again ride his bicycle in Sebastopol.The Western Sonoma County Historical Society is pleased to announce that, thanks to the artistry ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2016, 3:46 PM by Wayne Wieseler
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History of Sebastopol

From the first known inhabitants, the Miwok and Pomo Indians to today, Sebastopol's history is rich in cultural, and often high-spirited discourse. Read about the History of Sebastopol.


A Pomo woman, Cecilia Joaquin, using a seed beater to gather seeds into a burden basket.


Images From Past

This Day in History