Mission San Francisco Solano, Sonoma

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Mission San Francisco Solano was the 21st, last, and northernmost mission in Alta California. It was named for Saint Francis Solanus. It was the only mission built in Alta California after Mexico gained independence from Spain. The difficulty of its beginning demonstrates the confusion resulting from that change in governance. The California Governor wanted a robust Mexican presence north of the San Francisco Bay to keep the Russians who had established Fort Ross on the Pacific coast from moving further inland. A young Franciscan friar from Mission San Francisco de Asis wanted to move to a location with a better climate and access to a larger number of potential converts.
The Mission was successful, given its short eleven year life, but was smaller in number of converts and with lower productivity and diversity of industries than the older California missions.
The mission building is now part of the Sonoma State Historic Park and is located in the city of Sonoma, California.

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  • The State Park people are wonderful - they are so knowledgeable and make it "come to life". They were just decorating for the holidays while we were there and it was lovely. They are bringing back La....  more
    The State Park people are wonderful - they are so knowledgeable and make it "come to life". They were just decorating for the holidays while we were there and it was lovely. They are bringing back La....  more »
  • This historic mission state park is definitely worth a visit. We spent a couple of hours exploring the museum, mission grounds, chapel, barracks, historic hotel and Vallejo’s home, which included... 
    This historic mission state park is definitely worth a visit. We spent a couple of hours exploring the museum, mission grounds, chapel, barracks, historic hotel and Vallejo’s home, which included...  more »
  • We opted not to go inside this mission during the very short time we had in Sonoma on our winery tour. It has an interesting history dating back to Mexican times. Based on other revies, that was... 
    We opted not to go inside this mission during the very short time we had in Sonoma on our winery tour. It has an interesting history dating back to Mexican times. Based on other revies, that was...  more »
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  • It's always special to visit a California mission for the first time. The grounds and interior are very nice and the staff is most friendly. My family and I truly enjoyed this visit.
  • San Francisco Solano Mission is a beautiful piece of California history. The collection of watercolor paintings is awesome. It's definitely worth the $3 entry fee.
  • Took our daughter to see the Mission she was doing her report on. Had a great time learning a bit more of California history.
  • Neat place to explore the history of the area and learn about California and the start of the bear flag.
  • We love a good piece of history and architecture. This place is both! While walking around Sonoma with our couple for their engagement photos, we happened by this spot. As soon as we saw it we knew it was going to make for an excellent backdrop. Always stop and look at the simple beauty around you. This place is worth a visit.

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