The Bank of Geyserville was incorporated July 23, 1903, with capital stock of $25,000 paid in coin, this amounted to 250 shares costing $100 each.
Now housing Meeker Vineyards, it still houses the original teller station, which was once dubbed the “Bank of the Future”. And the original vault now stores cases of wine, and they pour wine from the old teller booths.
The First National Bank Of Geyserville, 21035 Geyserville Avenue, in California printed $142,650 dollars worth of national currency. That is a small output. National bank notes from here should be scarce. This national bank opened in 1920 and stopped printing money in 1929, which equals a 10 year printing period. That is actually quite brief in terms of bank existence. During its life, The First National Bank Of Geyserville issued 2 different types and denominations of national currency.
Mary and Eric Drew of Healdsburg bought the building with 4 other investors for $20K in 1977.
This is a 1,144 sq ft building on a 2,967 sq ft lot.
The interior furnishing of the building which you see today as Meeker Winery Tasting Room was purchased at auction in 1917 from the Bank of Italy when they closed their temporary branch at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition in SF.
‘I believe that B W Feldmeyer represented Bank of Geyserville at this auction,’ shares Eric Drew of Healdsburg Sotheby’s International Realty.
‘In 1977, my partners and I believed that Geyserville was on the edge of a Renaissance and Revival. We have been proven right, but our timing was a bit off.’
Subsequent to our partnership purchase and due to various life events (“Life is what happens while you are making plans’ ie death, divorce, leaving the area, etc) Mary and I have bought all of our partners interests over about a twenty year period.
‘Bank of Geyserville, Geyserville CA. Nationalized to The First National Bank of Geyserville, April 15, 1920.
Tenants over the years have included Julius Nervo’s wine shop, Jean Dix’s gift shop, a deli and others.
Today the location is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, all wanting to peek into the vault. So unique in its location, it is the first stop on the Geyserville Walking Tour
, and sets the tone of a small unique town that does not hesitate to recreate itself.