Driving along Napa Valley’s Highway 29 in Yountville, you can’t help but see the Yountville Veterans Home and Cemetery up on the hill to the West. Ever wonder about the place? Well, here is some information.
Janelle wanted to take some time to stop by the Veterans Cemetery in Yountville to “visit” her great-grandfather who’s buried there. We stopped at the office first to find out where his gravesite was. The volunteer at the office was quite helpful and gave us a map to the cemetery. We were struck by the serenity of the grounds dotted with white grave markers in a beautiful green field covered with enormous oak trees. We easily found the gravesite of John Fallon.
After spending a few minutes at the site, we went to the office to find out what information they had on the veterans who are buried there. We had known that John Fallon had served in the Spanish-American War and we were able to learn that he was born in 1859 and died in 1913. We also found out his dates of service in the Navy.
We then continued to the Library to get some printed information on the Veterans Home and Museum. The library is located in what appears to be a very active Recreation Center.The center also includes a game room, a barbershop, and a fitness center.
The Veterans Home of California was officially opened in 1884 to provide shelter and care for disabled veterans. We did notice a lot of folks getting around with various degrees of help. They all seemed happy and quite busy doing something. Next time you’re in Napa take a moment to visit the place. A walk through the cemetery is quite a surreal.experience.
If you visit the Veterans Home, you may want to take a few extra minutes to stop in at the Napa Valley Museum, located on the grounds of the Home. It’s small but has an interesting exhibit on the history of the wine country as well as works by local artists.