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Sonoma State Historic Park

Centered on Sonoma’s old central plaza, Sonoma State Historic Park enshrines about one dozen mostly Spanish and Mexican buildings dating back to 1823. The square – the largest of its kind in California – and its surrounding grid of streets were laid out by Mexican General Mariano Vallejo in 1836, around the site of California’s northernmost Franciscan mission. Vallejo’s own home, Lachryma Montis, is a 10-minute walk from the plaza, but houses the visitor center and is a centerpiece of the 36-acre (15-ha) park, site of the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt that led to California officially becoming a U.S. state.Visitors Bureau • 363 ...

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