History of Watsonville and the Pajaro Valley

Discover the Fascinating History of Watsonville and Pajaro Valley!

If you're interested in the history of Watsonville and Pajaro Valley, you've come to the right place. Established in 1940, the Pajaro Valley Historical Association preserves, interprets and promotes the history of the diverse cultures that shaped California's Monterey Bay area. The Bockius-Orr House has been our headquarters since 1997, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our Archive houses a historical treasure trove for the community.
Plan your visit today and learn more about the history of Watsonville and Pajaro Valley.

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Old Fashioned Christmas Tea


Help preserve and share with others our community's treasured history. Membership benefits include the quarterly newsletter, invitations to all association events, and extended use of the archives.

Visit Ford’s Department Store Display at the Archive -picture circa 1852



New House Display – Theme: Plaids, Patterns & Prints


PVHA's fall & winter clothing exhibit features clothing in a riot of plaids, prints & patterns. 


Learn more about how you can become a member or volunteer to help out.

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