Nicholas Carriger Estate

The Nicholas Carriger Estate (16-acre)[1] is a collection of buildings located in Sonoma, California, United States. The estate consists of three buildings: the main house built in 1847, a small house, which is a replica of the main house, built in 1860, and a winery, built in 1875. The main house and the Little Carriger house fall in the architectural Greek revival style.[2] There also is a locally quarried "candy rock" stone small building next to the main house that may have been used as an ice house. The everflowing Yulupa Spring, which supplied water to the houses and is still flowing, is a short walk along a hillside pathway from the main house. In 1979 the estate was designated a Sonoma County Historic Landmark,[3] and in 2001, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Nicholas Carriger Estate
Nicholas Carriger Estate is located in California
Nicholas Carriger Estate
Nicholas Carriger Estate is located in the United States
Nicholas Carriger Estate
Location18880 Carriger Rd., Sonoma, California, United States
Coordinates38°17′48″N 122°30′43″W / 38.29667°N 122.51194°W / 38.29667; -122.51194
Built1847
Architectural styleGreek revival
NRHP reference No.01001234
Added to NRHPNovember 16, 2001

Nicholas Carriger built the property after traveling west with his family as a settler of California. Carriger was welcomed to the area by Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. Vallejo and Carriger would remain lifelong friends. Carriger chose his estate property based on the scenery and the good drainage of the area. He purchased the property, 1,000 acres, from Vallejo. It was on this land that Carriger was reportedly the first American to grow wine grapes in Sonoma Valley. Cattle, purchased from Vallejo, also grazed the property. After an absence to participate in the gold rush, Carriger returned after great success finding gold, to complete the main house in 1850. In 1875, he began construction of his winery building with a large celebration where he laid the cornerstone and a box containing personal items relating to the Carriger family and Sonoma. Nicholas Carriger died in 1885 at his home and is buried with family and other notable pioneers of Sonoma at the Mountain Cemetery in Sonoma, California. After the death of his wife, Mary Ann Wardlow Carriger, in 1891, the property remained in the Carriger family until sold by daughter Levisa Carriger Lewis.

References edit

  1. ^ The Gentleman (2010). "Nicholas Carriger Estate and Winery". Out of Aces. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Sonoma Valley's historic homes". Sonoma Sun | Sonoma, CA. 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  3. ^ "Historic Landmark 48: Nicholas Carriger Estate". Permit and Resource Management Department. Retrieved 22 February 2012.