Mission:  To promote awareness and appreciation of El Sobrante Valley history through preservation and education, and chronicling of the community's heritage for current and future generations. 

We're Open!

We held our Grand Opening on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Head over to our History Center page for details.


Located behind the El Sobrante Library at 4300 Garden Road.

History Center Virtual Tour!

Our beautiful new History Center opened for tours on November 23rd, 2019. Since that time, we have been hard at work setting up our historic exhibits and preparing the site for visitors. The work is complete and we are now open on Saturdays. So take our virtual tour or plan on visiting us in person!  For more details, check the History Center page.


Lester Skow, Skow Dairy, c. 1921.  The Richmond Farm Creamery, in operation for well over 50 years in El Sobrante, most of that time along Clark Road, was probably the largest commercial operation in the town. For better or worse, El Sobrante never attracted any large industry, which meant that the community was free to evolve in accordance with the wishes and dreams of its residents, but without the substantial revenue needed to create a true city government of its own.

Get the Book!

If you have questions about the history of El Sobrante or would like to donate an artifact or have photographs to share, please contact us at: eshistory@gmail.com

Use the same contact to order our El Sobrante book, authored by local historian Donald Bastin, and published in 2012.  The price is $20 plus $2 for shipping.  No tax.  The book may also be purchased at our new museum and history center site, set to open some time in 2020. We also have copies available at our booth at the annual El Sobrante Stroll, always held the 3rd Sunday in September.

Book a Slide Show!
Contact us at the above address if you would like a local historian to talk to your group.  We are experienced and ready to address school classes or civic groups of any kind.  Let us know what particular area of local history that interests you.

As of May, 2017, the El Sobrante Historical Society was granted status as an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)3 of the internal revenue code.  EIN# 82-1977777.  Your donations are tax-deductible.

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