Area History - According to one legend, Penn Valley got its name from the fact a livestock “pen” was built there in the early days. An extra “n” was added sometime later and it became “Penn Valley”. Still others speculate that it is named for a Madame Penn who had a 320 acre homestead that over time became a good part of what is now Penn Valley. Enjoy reading about the history of the area and let us know how you think Penn Valley got its name!
Penn Valley Today –Penn Valley is a community of rolling hills, majestic oaks, colorful wildflowers, glistening lakes and rivers, and stunning views. You will find pastoral horse and ranch property, newer subdivisions on large treed lots and Lake Wildwood, a gated community with many appealing amenities.
Lake Wildwood – Play where you live! This beautiful gated community is located in a wooded setting around a private lake. The lake provides residents with many water-related activities, including boating and fishing. It has an 18-hole golf course, restaurant, club house, a pool, tennis courts and a new lakeside community center that offers additional recreational activities.
Local Schools – This is a community of talented administrators, dedicated teachers and staff and supportive parents who have a passion for excellence in all that we do. The school districts are a collection of people who genuinely care about children and are committed to working with the community and students to promote a love of learning.
Medical and Senior Services – At one time or another, everyone needs medical service and everyone ages. Through proper health care, proactive health practices and a positive outlook on life, aging can be a positive phase of life we all experience.
Transportation - Public transportation in Nevada County shares a colorful history from the early days of the California Gold Rush when newcomers arrived by stagecoach, carriage, and later by narrow gauge train. Check today’s local bus, air and rail services.
Local Recreation – Strike it rich, right here in Penn Valley! Discover year round adventures close to home.