Message from our Board President (2023)

On behalf of the Pajaro Valley Historical Association, it is an honor to say “Thank you!”  to so many who consistently provide support to our museum and archive facilities.

Thank you to all volunteers, members, financial supporters, local governments and foundations that consistently help keep our facilities solvent, and maintained in beautiful condition; and our archive programs “state of the art” with significant historical information on line, with easy access. We are also grateful, and thankful, for the high school and college age interns who provided assistance within the archive programs.

Read more from President Chuck Allen

Our PVHA fund raising events have had fantastic results. The July Vintage Picnic, under the trees, was strongly attended by almost 200 guests, and was highlighted by the amazing presentation by Miles Reiter, Driscoll’s Board Chairman.

In August, PVHA hosted a fundraising BBQ for seven couples in the side garden of the Bockius-Orr house that raised $7,000. (Everyone had such a great time, no one remembered to take pictures!) 

The annual Stay-at-Home Raffle drawing, held on November 1, was supported by hundreds of members, supporters, local restaurants, golf courses and volunteers. The raffle raised approximately $15,650.

Our historic museum, archives and programs are among the strongest within our Central Coastal Region. These funds help support the annual PVHA budget for our historic facilities and programs, and help continue such an iconic part of our Pajaro Valley community.

Sincerely, Chuck Allen


  • Hours: We are OPEN by appointment only for both the Museum and the Archive.
  • Please schedule for available times, TUE, WED, THRS 11 am – 3 pm.
  • Please phone for appointment: 831.722.0305 or email:
  • If you do not have an appointment you are encouraged to phone us upon arrival to see if we can accommodate you.
  • A face mask is optional.


Christmas is Coming!

Drive by in the evening to see the beautiful lights from November 23  until January 1.

Peter Hauer Family & Hauer Apple History

Peter Hauer created the Hauer apple around 1900 in Pleasant Valley, near Watsonville.

Apple Annual

Watsonville’s first Apple Annual kicked off in 1910 to the tune of 30,000 attendees.

 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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