Explore 6 Historic Sites And Bring The Family To Sonoma State Historic Park In Northern California
It’s always a good day to delve back in time and immerse yourself in Northern California’s rich history. You can do just that when you plan an outing at the wonderful Sonoma State Historic Park. Situated across six different historic sites around Sonoma Plaza, you’ll be mesmerized by just how much there is to uncover at this fascinating park. Bring the whole family and have yourself a field trip to remember!
Located in the center of town, Sonoma State Historic Park is situated a bit differently than your typical park. Rather than one single site, the park consists of
six different sites, each of which is just as fascinating as the last.
Start your adventure at Sonoma SHP at Mission San Francisco Solano. Founded in 1823, it was the 21st mission in Alta California. It was the only mission built in Alta California after Mexico's independence from Spain. Closed in 1833, it was also the last.
Next, stop by the Sonoma Barracks. This two-story adobe building faces the historic Sonoma Plaza. Built to house Mexican soldiers that had been transferred from San Francisco, it later played a key role in the insurrection known as the Bear Flag Revolt.
Next up is the Blue Wing Inn! It's touted as the first hotel in Northern California and, amazingly enough, the structure still stands to this day.
La Casa Grande is another site within the park. This site is noted as General Vallejo's family's first home. At the time, it was one of the most handsome residences in all of California. The two-story Servants' Quarters is all that remains of this stately home.
La Casa Grande no longer stands but Vallejo's gorgeous estate, known as Lachryma Montis, looks better than ever. Standing less than a mile west of the plaza, the home and its grounds make for a gorgeous sight.
The last site within the park is the Toscano Hotel & Kitchen, built in 1851. Considered one of the town's oldest commercial wood-frame structures, the building has served a myriad of purposes over the last century. You can almost feel the history exuding from its walls!
Have you been to this historic park in Sonoma? What was your favorite part? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
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