Charles Covillaud Chair

The chair that belonged to Charles Covillaud can be seen at the Mary Aaron Museum in Marysville.

Editor’s Note: “Object Lessons” is a feature that appears occasionally in the Appeal-Democrat and focuses on historic artifacts that help tell the history of Yuba-Sutter.


From reading articles, to writing letters and conducting meetings, the chair Charles Covillaud sat in to conduct many of his affairs can be found inside of the Mary Aaron Museum in Marysville. 

“Many people think of the library as a quiet place,” said Chris Pedigo, a board member of Mary Aaron Museum. “But early on it’s a place where important conversations and meetings were had.”

Covillaud lived from 1816 to 1867. His desk chair was used in his home and at the original Marysville library. After the Packard library was built in the early 1900s, his chair was donated there. 

“A lot of amazing things probably happened in this chair,” Pedigo said. “The fact that we have this chair is amazing. It’s pure magic that people can come experience this. That’s what I love about small towns. People can come here and relive all of the things that happened here.”

Covillaud was a very influential part of Marysville. So much so that the town was named after his wife, Mary Covillaud.

For more information on the desk chair of Charles Covillaud, visit Mary Aaron Museum on the first Saturday of the month at 704 D St., Marysville.

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