Thursday, January 11, 2007

Historic Sonoma Plaza

The town of Sonoma is important in California's history. The last of California's 21 missions, Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma (better known as Mission Sonoma) was founded in 1823; the only mission to be established under Mexican Rule. Nearby are the old barracks and the home of General Mariano Vallejo, a central figure in California's Mexican era as well as the first years of statehood. All of the historic buildings in Sonoma comprise the Sonoma State Historic Park. If you have some time while you are in Sonoma, take a walk back in time by visiting the park. If you are tasting wine with your children in tow, a visit to the Mission will provide them with a nice break from watching you savor your Chardonnay and Cabernet.

Sonoma was also the sight of the Bear Flag Revolt. On June 14, 1846 a rag-tag group of Americans captured General Vallejo and declared California to be independent. William B. Ide became the first and only President of the California Republic. The Republic was short-lived as the American navy sent a detachment to Sonoma on July 9, lowered the Bear Flag, and raised the American Flag. A monument to the Bear Flag revolt is located in the northeast corner of Sonoma Plaza, near the Mission.

If you would like to take a private Sonoma tour that includes a visit to Mission Sonoma, please call me at (866) 326-4237 or e-mail me by clicking here.

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