- Sonoma State Historic Park is the site of the barracks, and General Vallejo's home ("La Casa Grande"), set on 49 acres of land. The Sonoma Mission in the park is the last of California's 21 missions. It was completed in 1823. A few years later, the Mexican government instructed Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, commander of the San Francisco presidio, to move his troops to Sonoma and secularize the mission settlement. Vallejo directed Sonoma's development until 1846 when a group of American settlers seized the town and imprisoned General Vallejo in the "Bear Flag Revolt." Vallejo was released and later became a State Senator and mayor of Sonoma. There are over a dozen buildings, constructed between 1823 and 1855, including some from the Mission period. The mission contains the Jorgensen Collection of mission paintings. The park also has restaurants, shops and a museum. Nearby, Vallejo's second Sonoma home, known as "Lachryma Montis," an American-style Victorian, is open to the public.
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The Sonoma Mission in Sonoma SHP
Recreation - Visitors to the park can stroll through the streets surrounding the towns historic central plaza.
Climate - Summers are generally mild. Fog is often encountered near the coastline, with sunny, warmer weather more common inland in the foothills. Winters are generally cool with considerable precipitation. Wear layers of clothing to accommodate cool to warm temperatures and good walking shoes. Rain protection should be included at any time of year.
The historic park is on 20 E Spain Street, Sonoma