Landmarks: The 130-year-old Red Barn
By DEBORAH MITCHEL SERVAL / Geyserville Correspondent
Harry Bosworth, the living oral historian of all things Geyserville, shares the last 130 years of the Red Barn located as Canyon Road ends at Geyserville Avenue.
Now known only as the Red Barn, when Calvin Bosworth built the barn it was originally painted yellow.
The large property once known as the Cummings Property, has changed hands many times. The Cummings of Boston were absentee owners who sold pieces of the property to relatives each time they fell on hard times. Eventually it ended up as a wedding gift to a Cummings girl who married a Hoffman man of Pennsylvania. Once married they moved west to manage their wedding gift in the 1920’s, now known as the Hoffman property.
Calvin Bosworth was the foreman for the Cummings and built the barn for farm equipment. His building did not end there, he than went on to build his home, now known as the Hoffman House. This was done as a deed sale, and sold back to the Hoffmans when Calvin died.
When the land was divided into properties the Nervo (now Trione Ranch), Rose (eventually sold to Geyser Peak), and the Bagani families all started growing grapes. The old Bagnani Winery was the originally home of the 4 Monks Wine Vinegar, was first called Italy Industries Corporation. Thinking that was not American sounding, they changed the name to the American Industries Corporation, and Schlitz Company (who bought the Walden Winery now known as Geyser Peak Winery).
The barn, still painted yellow, stayed with the winery., The property next sold to Henry Trione, who renamed the facility Geyser Peak. At this time in history it was painted red.
As told by Harry Bosworth, Henry Trione sold the whole thing to the Auzzies who than sold it back to Trione, sold two more times eventually being divided with Clos du Bois Winery. Geyser Peak kept the vineyards and Clos du Bois Winery got the Red Barn.
In 130 years the Red Barn still is being used as it was when Calvin built it, to house old buggies, antique farm equiptment and an old school stove that belong to the Geyserville Historical Society and farm equipment for Clos du Bois vineyard.