The Sonoma Barracks serve as another reminder of Sonoma’s struggle for freedom. It is just opposite the San Francisco Solano Mission and an integral part of the Sonoma State Historic Park. Built by General Vallejo to house Mexican soldiers, the two-storied structure came into the hands of the US government in 1846. They were used by the US military forces till 1852. After the military emptied the barracks, they were used for civilian purposes. It housed a store, law offices and private residences of the owners in some parts. It was then brought by the California State in 1958 and restored to its original form. The current museum opened in 1980. The display includes cannons and reminders from the Bear Flag movement. You will also see farming equipments and personal items of people participating in the freedom movements. In the courtyard, you will see the outdoor kitchen and the beehive oven.
How to Reach Sonoma Barracks
- Bus Stop: Sonoma Plaza
- Bus Number: 30, 30X, 32, 34, 38, 40
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Sonoma Barracks Reviews & Ratings
Interesting history to learn & place to visit!
This place (known as "the Barracks") is worth a walkthrough (and a visit to the shop of course) to get a quick history lesson. The reason that the STATE flag of California has the wording "California Republic" is that, yes, for a short time in history California was an independent republic, not longer part of Mexico and also not part of the United States. This is where it all happened: the "Bear Flag revolt of 1846" made the city of Sonoma essentially the capitol of California.
Very interesting. Great gift shop to pick up things to take home.
The beginnings of California the bear flag revolt occurred here. The building is very similar to Sutters Fort in Sacramento