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General M.G. Vallejo Home, Sonoma

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  • Irving Berlin IS American Music; General Vallejo IS Californio history, (not misspelled-look it up).  more »
  • We had just visited the Sonoma Mission and our $3 entrance fee included General Vallejo House. At the mission they mention it was just three blocks up on the right. This was true, but once you travele...  more »
  • A self guided tour back to the late 19th century. A modest walk from the Plaza. Take an hour to visit the barn, home and out buildings while learning about the Vallejo family. Entrance fee is included...  more »
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  • A beautiful piece of history. General Vallejo's home and grounds. Admission is very reasonable. You can wander through the house & see it as it was when the family lived there. There is a pond out back with the occasional duck and even turtles! There is,a gift shop and bits of historical items on display in that building. Great way to spend a day. Fun, yet a learning experience also.
  • Location of the ancient spring that supplied local Indians then the house and then the town of Sonoma with water. The house and buildings were shipped around the Horn. Incredible! Beautiful plants on the property, heirloom lemons and Prickly Pear cactus to name a few.
  • The General Vallejo home is part of Sonoma state park so your fee will also get you entry here. It is well worth the visit to see how a wealthy family from the 1800's lived. It is definitely an opulent home for the time, and some aspects are surprising, such as there are no bathrooms and everyone had a pot in the room. There were also fireplaces in every room, and the servants had their own stairs. The kitchen was also in a separate building and they had a Chinese cook. The house is quite handsome, but it is remarkably small inside. The dining room is nice and they had some nice dinnerware. The house also has a storehouse that has exhibits on the family and some genealogy, where almost every daughter married an Anglo American, in attempt to save the family holdings no doubt. Napoleon Vallejo had his own tiny house above the pond and he left it at 17 years of age to go to Santa Clara College, which is now Santa Clara University. It has been approximately 159 years since this family built this home, but the house is in really good condition and is fully furnished with their things. A very worthwhile visit not to be missed if you want a fuller history of California and Sonoma.
  • Wonderful piece of Sonoma history. Sprawling grounds, beautifully preserved. Very quiet and serene.
  • An old Victorian-style house where lived General Vallejo and his family. Many, many artifacts on display.

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