Preserving Our Past for Future Generations
Pioneer Robert Cunningham’s home, located directly behind the Hembree House, is the oldest existing wood-frame residence in Windsor, California, and possibly the oldest in Sonoma County. Cunningham family history and historic documents date the home to approximately 1850, immediately after Robert Cunningham arrived in the Russian River Township. Cunningham built the home in preparation for the arrival of his wife, Isabella, and daughter, Mary Jane, in 1852. Windsor Historical Society is in the process of raising funds to restore the Cunningham House. Other early settlers to the Windsor area include Tom and Ike Smith; J.W. Calhoun; John Prewett, who became the first schoolmaster in 1853; James Campbell; H.J. Pool; James Brooks, a hunter and trapper; L. Slusser; and the Chitwood Brothers. In 1852 and 1853 new arrivals J.W. Yates, Henry White, RT Mitchell, Alexander Wilson, and George Brumfield settled in.buy valium online no prescriptionbuy soma online no prescription buy ambien without prescription buy klonopin no prescription xanax for sale ambien online no prescription buy valium without prescription buy valium without prescription buy xanax online no prescription buy valium without prescription
Learn About Cunningham
Robert Cunningham was born in Ireland in 1806, the same year Isabella Russell was born in Pennsylvania. It is not known where Robert and Isabella met, but eventually they married, lived in Illinois, and had a daughter, Mary Jane. Gold fever reached the Eastern United States in the Fall of 1848, and during the Winter of 1848-1849 men began to sail for California. The adventurous Robert Cunningham sailed with them. Robert was not interested in seeking gold, but instead went directly to the land office and then to the Russian River Township where he homesteaded 160 acres, which he later purchased for $1.25 an acre.
How You Can Help
The Windsor Historical Society welcomes assistance of all kinds, whether you can donate time, money or materials. If you would like to help us preserve this important piece of Windsor’s past please contact the Windsor Historical Society at (707) 838-6152, or e-mail us at Windsor.History@yahoo.com.