January 24, 2008
VACAVILLE - The Pena Adobe and the Mowers-Goheen Museum in Pena Adobe Park will open to the public for the first time in years Feb. 2, the Pena Adobe Historical Society announced Thursday.
The museum and the historic adobe, the oldest restored Spanish-era building in the area, will be open the first Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no charge for visitors.
Pena Adobe has been restored to what it looked like when the Pena family, one of Vacaville’s founding families, lived there. The Mowers-Goheen Museum houses artifacts of early settlers and Native Americans of the region.
“With the support of the city of Vacaville, we are delighted to provide this opportunity to area residents to come and experience some of the historic treasures of the county,” Historical Society President Leo Huitt said in a press release.
Pena Adobe was built in 1842 and restored in the 1960s. It underwent further repairs and earthquake retrofitting in 2006. The adobe has been the site of fandangos and other Pena Adobe Historical Society sponsored-events in recent years.
The museum’s artifacts include Native American grinding tools and baskets, housewares unearthed near the adobe, maps of the San Francisco Bay Area dating back to General Vallejo and an 1851 land grant map.
Visitors can also see the bust of Francisco (Chief) Solano. Sculpted by William Gordon Huff, the bust is a plaster model of the 12-foot-tall bronze statue of Chief Solano that stands in front of the Old Library in Fairfield.
Group tours can be arranged by calling the society at 447-0518. The adobe and museum is in Pena Adobe Park in Lagoon Valley along Interstate 80.