Another day for a great adventure with Deelow. Believe it or not, its Thanksgiving! There was nothing much to do at home so Deelow insisted we should go out and explore. Just like any other autumn day, it was dark and a bit cloudy. We head northwards passing Marin county and to Sonoma County. To start off here’s the introduction to our site to visit.
“In 1834, Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo was sent from San Francisco, by the Mexican Government, to the area to accomplish three things: to secularize the San Francisco Solano Mission in Sonoma, to colonize the area by starting a pueblo (Sonoma), and to be near the Russian Outpost at Fort Ross.
He was given his first land grant of 44,000 acres (later supplemented with another 22,000 acres) as a reward and to further encourage his leadership. He chose a hilltop for his Petaluma Adobe rancho and factory. The operation needed to be large in order to support Vallejo’s military command in Sonoma, as they did not receive adequate support from the government.”
It took us almost two hours to drive from 101, 880 and back to 101 to Petaluma. We went out via 116 Highway and to Casa Grande Road and at the end was the adobe house itself. True to its description it was located on top of a hill and isolated from anything else. All greenery and quietness. The house itself was at the intersection but the entrance was further south. So we turned right and followed the sign and entered. It was pretty much empty and we parked then walked to the small booth.
“The Adobe served as the center of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo’s 66,000-acre (100 square miles) working ranch between 1836-1846. Made from adobe brick and Redwood, its design is typical of Hispanic Architecture. The construction of the building is a reflection of the increasing trade in the area. The building began with treenails and rawhide lashings to hold the beams together and moved to iron nails, hinges, glass windows, and a hand-split shingled roof.
The rancho headquarters at Petaluma Adobe was unusual because many working areas were combined into one large building rather than a number of smaller outbuildings. There were between 600-2,000 people working at the Adobe, but not all of them lived within the building. The workers of higher status and supervisors would have lived upstairs. There was a Native American village adjacent to the creek. The main economic activity of the rancho was based on the hide and tallow trade. As well, the rancho produced many crops, and grain was traded in large quantities.”
We walked around the adobe from the first floor and the second floor, looking around the exhibits which preserved the look of the adobe house during its heydays. All the rooms have descriptions of the areas and first accounts of the people who visited it such as:
It was a short exploration of the historical adobe but we still have some places to see and visiting this state park was a nice addition to the state park lists and seeing a daily life during the Mexican-Californian days.
Here is the link for more information: