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Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park

November 16, 2018: All Bay Area California State Parks are OPEN currently but our concern is with our visitors and employees' health. California State Parks is advising visitors to minimize or refrain from active outdoor recreation due to the unhealthy air quality.  Scheduled interpretive programs, special events or other park concessions may be closed or cancelled. Our thoughts and hearts are with the communities affected by fires throughout the state. Up-to-date information on air quality and guidance to limit exposure is available at www.baaqmd.gov.

 

Phone Number

(707) 762-4871

Park Hours

Open Every Day*
Park may be closed due to poor air quality.  See alert section below.

Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day Holidays.

Driving Directions to Petaluma Adobe SHP

A 20 minute drive from Sonoma, the park is at the east edge of Petaluma, off Highway 116 and Adobe Road.
Address:
3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma, CA 94954

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


The Petaluma Adobe may be closed due to poor air quality caused by smoke from the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA.  We appologize for the inconvenience.  Please call Sonoma State Historic Park at 707-938-9560 to confirm whether the Petaluma Adobe will be open.

About Petaluma Adobe SHP

Docents dressed in period costumesPetaluma Adobe State Historic Park was the main residence of Rancho de Petaluma, the agricultural empire of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, one of the most powerful men in the Mexican Province of California, from 1834 to 1846. 

"The first view of the great valley filled me with emotion. It was a case of love at first site, which better acquaintance would only deepen...nowhere, was there a scene of such beauty and suggestion of everything desirable for man."
~Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo

A visit to the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park will bring you back to the largest privately owned adobe building in Northern California in the 1830-40's and the center of activity on one of the most properous private estates established during the Mexican Period. The matanza (slaughtering season) has just ended in October on Rancho de Petaluma (as it was known) and the people living near the rancho are excited. The end of the matanza means the beginning of the Fandango (a celebration and dance). As you tour the rooms of the Adobe, you can feel the excitement as preparation for the Fandango is under way. The hides are drying on the racks, the animals are put away, and the music is playing as people start to put on their fancy clothes for the festivities.

"Many of the hacendados lived in the towns in the winter months; but in the spring of the year their households moved to their country homes where they generally remained until the autumn or close of the matanza season...in the evening a family baile (dance) was invariably heralded by the melody of the violin and harp.~" William Heath Davis

Although the Petaluma Adobe was not the summer home of the Vallejo's, it was the headquarters of the rancho, they did come out here to celebrate during the bailes. The Fandangos became the parties of the workers and the bailes became more formal for the rancho owners.  Vallejo ran his cattle, hide and tallow business, raised sheep, bred horses, and grew numerous crops. The adobe contains authentic furniture and exhibits depicting early rancho life.


The park has shaded picnic areas with views of farmland and oak-studded hills.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended clothing

The weather is often changeable in Petaluma, though fairly predictable. Summer mornings are often foggy, with sunshine replacing the fog in the afternoon. The Adobe often has strong afternoon winds and Petaluma's rich grasslands are fed by often heavy winter rains. We recommend layered clothing for comfort.

Location/Directions

Lace making demonstration by volunteerPetaluma Adobe - 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma, CA 94954  (707)-762-4871

Open daily 10 am to 5 pm, except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Arrive by 4 pm as park staff begin securing the building around 4:30 pm.

The Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park entrance is located on Adobe Road in Petaluma between Frates Road and Casa Grande Road. ( insert Photo of park entrance) Drive past the unmanned park kiosk to the parking lot and walk up the path near the restrooms to the Adobe.

Business Address:  Department of Parks & Recreation, Bay Area District/Sonoma Sector, 20 East Spain Street, Sonoma CA  95476 (707) 938-1519

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Volunteer in Parks Program

visitors touring toscano kitchen with docentCurious about volunteer opportunities? Sonoma SHP and Petaluma Adobe SHP are historical sites that benefit the greatest from our docent volunteers.  Depending upon need, recruitment and training takes place at least once per year in September and October.   
Additional volunteer opportunities may exist and available year round in museum curation, bookstore sales, landscape maintenance and special events. 
 

For information on becoming a docent or volunteering at the park, please contact the Sonoma/Petaluma State Historic Parks Volunteer Coordinator at (707) 938-9547 or Joleen.Ossello@parks.ca.gov.
Please complete an application with references and deliver to coordinator by electronic mail or U.S. Mail to 20 E. Spain Street, Sonoma, CA  95476.

Volunteer Information
 

Our Cooperating Association

SPParks, Inc.

  Sonoma Petaluma Parks, Inc. is a non-profit solely dedicated to supporting Sonoma State Historic Park and Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park by funding projects and interpretive events.  Please visit their website for up to date information or to support their cause.

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Available Activities and Facilities at Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park

DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Museums
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available