June 20, 2024

Cultural and Historic Sites

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Discover the Petaluma Historical Museum

The former library now houses Petaluma poultry, dairy, and Miwok Indian history exhibits from the 1850s. The cornerstone for this stately Carnegie Library was laid in 1904. The building, designed by local architect Brainerd Jones and built from locally quarried stone, features the largest free-standing leaded glass dome in Northern California. The building is in the neoclassical style, featuring original fan-glass windows, round leaded-glass windows, also original interior wood paneling and columns. It also houses a fine research library.

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See a Live Performance at Spreckels Performing Arts Center

Spreckels Performing Arts Center is a cultural gem strategically located on the Green Music Center/Sonoma State corridor of Rohnert Park Expressway in Rohnert Park. Now in its thirty-second year, the Performing Arts Center continues to present award-winning theatre, music and dance.

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Experience Broadway Under the Stars

Transcendence Theatre’s performers have sung on Broadway, toured nationally and internationally, and earned film and major television credits. Their shows take place outdoors in Jack London State Historic Park, nestled in the ruins of a winery destroyed by the 1906 earthquake. At its back are rolling vineyards, and when the sun sets, it’s the most beautiful place to be. They call it their Field of Dreams.

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Stroll through Luther Burbank Home & Gardens

Over the course of his 50-year career, famous horticulturist Luther Burbank experimented with and developed numerous plant varieties. At Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, you will earn about this amazing man’s life by visiting the Museum, his Greenhouse and the home he lived in from 1884 through 1906.

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Shop, Dine or Stay at Historic Railroad Square

In Old Town Santa Rosa, restored turn-of-the-century buildings are filled with specialty shops, antique stores, fantastic restaurants and elegant hotels. This area is known as Railroad Square and was developed in the 1880s when the first trains arrived in Santa Rosa. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The 1904 train depot has been restored and is home to the California Welcome Center as well as the Santa Rosa Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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