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San Geronimo, California

San Geronimo, CA Local Info

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Bordered by Lagunitas-Forest Knolls to the west and Woodacre to the east, San Geronimo offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life, while still being conveniently located just 8 miles southwest of downtown Novato.
San Geronimo is enveloped by the majestic beauty of the San Geronimo Valley, with its rolling hills, lush forests, and meandering creeks providing a picturesque backdrop for outdoor adventures between the surrounding hills of San Geronimo Ridge, Mt. Barnabe, Dickson Ridge, and Whites Hill.
For millennia, the Coast Miwok Native Americans thrived in the San Geronimo Valley, living in harmony with the land until the arrival of Spanish settlers disrupted their way of life. The valley's history is steeped in ranching, with La Cañada de San Geronimo serving as an outpost for the Mission San Rafael. Over the years, the land passed through various hands, including those of Mexican soldier Rafael Cacho and naval officer Joseph W. Revere, grandson of Paul Revere. The Mailliard family's ownership of Rancho San Geronimo endured until the early 1910s, alongside other notable ranching families like the Roys, Nunezs, Dicksons, and Ottolinis.
Following the acquisition of land by the Lagunitas Development Company, the Valley saw slow growth and the emergence of communities like Woodacre and Forest Knolls. However, it wasn't until after World War II that development accelerated, transforming the area into a suburban enclave. The late 1960s brought an influx of progressive young people from San Francisco, reshaping the Valley's character once again.
Despite the threat of major development, the San Geronimo Valley has managed to preserve its rural character and original spirit. Today, San Geronimo Valley stands as a testament to the resilience of its residents and the enduring beauty of Marin County's natural landscapes.