The area's first known inhabitants were the native Miwok and Pomo peoples. The town of Sebastopol formed in the 1850?s with a U.S. Post Office and as a small trade center for the farmers in the surrounding agricultural region. As California's population swelled after the westward migration and the Gold Rush of the 1850's, more and more settlers drifted into the fertile California valleys north of San Francisco to try their hand at farming. The name of Sebastopol first came into use in the late 1850's as a result of a prolonged and lively fistfight in the newly formed town, which was likened to the long British siege of the Russian seaport of Sevastopol during the then-raging Crimean War.
In the late 1800's when the Gravenstein apple was introduced, Sebastopol became the pioneer town of canned applesauce, an industry that is foremost in the town today. The apple industry brought a steady rural prosperity to the area. Since the early 1900's Sebastopol has held harvest time Apple Fairs. Now for over 50 years its annual springtime Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival has attracted thousands of flower lovers to the area for blossom tours and related festivities. For more information visit Sebastapol's Chamber of Commerce site's About Sebastopol page and the online Sebastopol California guide to lodging, restaurants and events in Sebastopol, CA.