Stewarts Point, California

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Stewarts, California
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Stewarts, California is located in California
Stewarts, California
Stewarts, California
Coordinates: 38°39′07″N 123°23′57″W / 38.65194°N 123.39917°W / 38.65194; -123.39917Coordinates: 38°39′07″N 123°23′57″W / 38.65194°N 123.39917°W / 38.65194; -123.39917
CountryUnited States
108 ft (33 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)707
GNIS feature ID252807[1]

Stewarts Point is an unincorporated community in Sonoma County, California, United States. Stewarts Point is located on the Pacific coast and California State Route 1, 20 miles (32 km) west of Healdsburg. Stewarts Point has a post office, which was established in 1888.[2] The community is named after the Stewart family, who moved to the area in 1856.[3]

Stewarts Point is the home of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of the Stewarts Point Rancheria.

Stewarts Point, was originally known as Fisherman's Bay. After Fisherman's Bay was purchased in 1881 by timber magnate Herbert Archer (H.A.) Richardson[4] from the Fisk family, Herbert Archer changed the name to Stewarts Point, after the Stewart family, that was the first family that lived in the town. H.A. Richardson arrived in Stewarts Point with his wife Althea Ball, in 1876.[5] They were both natives of Lisbon, New Hampshire.

H.A. Richardson amassed over 25,000 acres along the Sonoma Coast that included eight miles of shoreline and the town of Stewarts Point.[6] His descendants grew up working in the Stewarts Point Store, which is now Two-Fish Baking Company.

In 2010, Save the Redwoods League purchased a portion of the ranch formerly owned by Archer Ralph Richardson for 11.25 million dollars.[7]

In 2015, descendants of H.A. Richardson sold a southern portion of the ranch, formerly known as the Anderson Ranch, which was 700 acres, for $6 million to the Trust for Public Land, which transferred the property to the Kashia people.[8]

In 2017, descendants of H.A. Richardson sold the McCappen Ranch, part of H.A. Richardson's 50,000 acre spread, to Save the Redwoods in exchange for the aforementioned parcel that was sold in 2010. The McCappen Ranch is the home to the McCappen Tree, a 1,640 year old Redwood that has a trunk diameter as wide as a two-lane street. It is older than the oldest tree in Muir Woods.[9] The property will be opened as the Harold Richardson Redwood Reserve. Harold was the grandson of H.A. Richardson, and the son of Fontaine Richardson and Lois Comstock.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Stewarts Point, California
  2. ^ ZIP Code Lookup
  3. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 707. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  4. ^ Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Retrieved 30 January 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Press Democrat. Press Democrat Retrieved 30 January 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Father's Stewarts Point memories preserved in book". Press Democrat. Press Democrat.
  7. ^ Press Democrat. Press Democrat Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Press Democrat". Press Democrat. Press Democrat. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Harold Richardson Redwood Reserve Opening". Outside Online. Outside Online.

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