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Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park

3325 Adobe Rd., Petaluma, CA
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Ranked #6 of 11 attractions in Petaluma
Type: State Parks
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- Mar 31, 2014
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Roseville, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

The grounds are beautiful and full of history. Well worth the $3 entry fee. We were able to chat with a docent at the end of our self-guided tour where we followed a map. They had over 28,000 head of cattle at one point and used the hide for shoes, bedding and clothing. I am so glad I didn't live... More

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Carlisle, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Very short walk, alongside a massive fence of prickly pear cactus, leads to a walkable, inspectable historic house with great museum exhibits and displays (don't miss the large rooms on the second floor). No elevators, but accessible path to ground floor of building over small bridge. We saw two student groups learning how to make candles and cook traditional food... More

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Chemainus, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Loved it all. The real thing. We had a fantastic docent who knew her stuff. The park ranger wasn't quite as pleasant, although apparently she is very busy. Interested to hear they run a school program. We actually got to go I to some of the exhibits. Fantastic!

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Santa Rosa, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Spacious frontier ranch house in a comfy and relaxed setting. Not many examples of life in our state from this time. A good place to stop and picnic at your car, kill an hour or more, and be together with the family. It helps develop an identity as Californians to understand how people lived before our time. A worthy stop,... More

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Petaluma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

A trip to the Petaluma Adobe is like stepping back in time to "Old California" before there were any Americans here. This is the "Casa Grande" that General Mariano Vallejo built and one of the places he called home. Walking through the buildings, you'll see the rooms as they might have appeared in the early 19th century. I highly recommend... More

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Petaluma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is one of the least known of the California State Parks. Check for hours and days it is opened. It is well worth a visit if you are interested in California's days of Mexican ranchos. General Vallejo ran cattle here. The ticket will get you into other sites over in Sonoma.

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Titusville
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

We drove to the park based on the reviews and found it closed. I called the number at the entrance and the lady said it is only open four days a week due to CA budget cuts. They cannot afford to list the days on their sign, says she. So, we missed the opportunity to support this state park and... More

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Petaluma, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

The Petaluma Adobe was General Vallejo's main ranch. It is a two story adobe (mud and straw) and wood building filled with artifacts. This is a good hour or two site set in a state park. Take a picnic. It will bring you back to Spanish/Mexican California before the Bear Flag revolt.

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Petaluma, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

An obscure slice of history worth seeing. an entire building made out of adobe mud which has stood the test of time. Rooms are set up to see what life was like back in the 1800's. The candle-making room and sleeping quarters are especially interesting.

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Sonoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

This is a pleasant way to pass an hour or so if you're in the vicinity. There is a minimal entrance fee. You walk around the adobe and look into the various rooms. Actually, it is interesting to see how things were 200 years or so ago. The grounds are nice enough, and there are picnic tables if you're so... More

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