This exhibit highlights one of Healdsburg’s beloved local landmarks, Fitch Mountain. It is examined from many perspectives and eras, from the Native Pomo to the present and through several former owners including Henry and Josefa Fitch, John D. Hassett and Zelma Ratchford.
Visitors to the exhibit will also be reminded that tourism is not a recent phenomenon in Healdsburg. In the early 20th Century, Fitch Mountain became a booming vacation destination, dotted with summer cabins, lodges and tent camps, including Villa Chanticler (later “Chanticleer”), Camp Rose, Fitch Mountain Tavern, Del Rio and Bellevue Villa. In past years, Fitch Mountain has also boasted a fish hatchery, a bird sanctuary, a dance hall, a roller skating rink and a store.
Historical photos, paintings, artifacts and stories from the Healdsburg Museum collection will be on display along with items loaned by community members and organizations including the Fitch Mountain Association, the Camp Rose Players, Eric Drew, Laura Tietz and Fire Free Fitch.