Nicholas Carriger Estate

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Nicholas Carriger Estate
Nicholas Carriger Estate, 18880 Carriger Rd., Sonoma, CA 6-12-2010 2-29-07 PM.JPG
Nicholas Carriger Estate is located in California
Nicholas Carriger Estate
Location 18880 Carriger Rd., Sonoma, California, United States
Coordinates 38°17′48″N 122°30′43″W / 38.29667°N 122.51194°W / 38.29667; -122.51194Coordinates: 38°17′48″N 122°30′43″W / 38.29667°N 122.51194°W / 38.29667; -122.51194
Built 1847
Architectural style Greek revival
NRHP Reference # 01001234
Added to NRHP November 16, 2001

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. All three buildings fall in the Greek revival style architecturally.[2] In 1979 the estate was designated a California Historical Landmark,[2] and in 2001, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Nicholas Carriger built the property after traveling west with his family as a settler of California. A member of the United States Army, Carriager was welcomed to the area by Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. Vallejo and Carriger would remain lifelong friends. Carriager 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, which was eventually expanded in 1875. The 1875 expansion included a cornerstone, which was believed to have personal items related to the Carriger's hidden within it, however the items have never been discovered. The Carriger's lived on the property until their deaths.[3]

In 2010 the property, including a horse barn and a swimming pool, was listed for sale at $5.9 million.[1] As of 2011, the property was still for sale, and was used for special events.[3]


  1. ^ a b The Gentleman (2010). "Nicholas Carriger Estate and Winery". Out of Aces. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Historic Landmark 48: Nicholas Carriger Estate". Permit and Resource Management Department. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Gerald Hill (2011). "How Nick Carriger came to Sonoma". News. Sonoma News. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 

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