In 1885 Luther Burbank purchased acreage in Sebastopol for an experimental nursery. It is know as Gold Ridge Farm and a small plot of land from the farm remains and is open to visitors. In 1890 the Northwestern Pacific Railroad opened a branch to Sebastopol. In 1904 an electric train carried passengers between Petaluma, Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. Sebastopol was incorporated a city on June 13, 1902, and has a manager-council type of government.
The surrounding area is also renown as a diverse agricultural paradise extolling a cornucopia of flowers, fruits and vegetables. Walking trails in the parks and Laguna de Santa Rosa Wetlands. Rolling vineyards now mark West Sonoma County as on of the world's finest wine grape growing regions. An abundance of organic produce is available at the local Farmer's Market on Sunday and in all local supermarkets.
Sebastopol is proud of it balance of small-town character with the sophisticated amenities of larger cities. From shops to farms to technology to fine dining and solar powered facilities, the area offers something for everyone whether for a weekend or for a lifetime...