Neglect and apathy have a history of turning historic sites into crumbled walls
and forgotten memories, EXCEPT when the Native Sons step in!
In the list of significant California landmarks, among the top sites would be Gen. Mariano Vallejo’s Adobe in Petaluma. The Adobe was Vallejo’s working ranch that generated the funds to support the numerous military and governmental operations during his long years of service to the Spanish and Mexican gov- ernments. The property was purchased by the Bliss family in early 1910 and later donated to Petaluma Parlor.
Petaluma Parlor restored the Adobe and the area around it. In 1951 the parlor donated the Adobe to the State of California as an historic park. The Adobe is currently in need of preservation and seeks funds to complete the project. The walls of the building have deteriorated due to the damage birds and other animals have done to the structure.
Phase One of the project has been completed as holes have been filled and other damage repaired. Now the Adobe is entering into the next phase of the project: the preventative phase. Research has revealed that the Adobe was originally covered with a plaster seal. The next step in the restoration will be to protect the walls of the Adobe by applying a similar plaster to deter damage by animals and insects. The NSGW Historic Preservation Foundation is seeking funds to assist the Sonoma/Petaluma State Historical Parks Association in this phase of the restoration of the Vallejo Adobe. The HPF has committed $15,000 and Nicasio Parlor has pledged $5,000 toward this next phase which needs $100,000 to complete it. In addition, the Sonoma/Petaluma State Historical Parks Association has already collected $50,000 in grants for this phase of the project.
That leaves the project $30,000 short of its goal of $100,000.
Any parlor that is committed to saving this piece of California history please consider donating to this project to help restore this Adobe that was once owned by the Native Sons.
Please contact HPF Chairman PGP Dave Allen (530) 878-2878 or Grand Trustee Kris Nelson (707) 795-4860 for more information and to contribute to the restoration of the Gen. Mariano Vallejo Adobe.
Donations can be sent to: NSGW Historic Preservation Foundation. 970 Pleasant Valley Road. Diamond Springs, CA 95619.
NOTE: The NSGW will be presenting our donation checks at this function and encourage any NSGW parlor who would like to donate to this restoration project to attend and join us in the check presentation ceremony.