San Francisco Solano

San Francisco Solano Mission

San Francisco Solano, the last California mission, was founded on July 4, 1823. The 1840 church was restored  in 1913. The restored mission complex includes the church, the padre’s quarters (now a museum), and a large quadrangle. There is a commemorative wall with the names of the Indian neophytes, located on the west side of the mission. 

Facts About This Mission

General Information

San Francisco Solano

Founded:
July 4, 1823
Also Called:
Sonoma Mission
Current Status:
What remained of the mission was sold to a private party in 1881. Between 1911-13 the mission was rebuilt with the support of the Historic Landmark League, which acquired the property in 1903. The last major restoration was in 1943-44. The mission complex includes the restored 1840 church, the padres' quarters (now a museum), the mission dining room, and a large quadrangle. The Mexican-era Soldier's Barracks are just across from the mission. The restores mission is now part of Sonoma State Historic Park.
Summary:
San Francisco Solano, the last California mission, was founded on July 4, 1823. The 1840 church was restored  in 1913. The restored mission complex includes the church, the padre’s quarters (now a museum), and a large quadrangle. There is a commemorative wall with the names of the Indian neophytes, located on the west side of the mission. 

Visitor Information

Address

114 E Spain St
Sonoma, CA 95476
United States

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Website(s)
Phone
  • 707-938-9560 (Mission Sonoma)
  • 707-939-9420 (Soldier's Barracks/Museum)
    • 707-936-1519 (Sonoma State Historic Park)
Hours
Fees
Tours

School tours can be scheduled at (707) 938-1519 

Church Services

San Francisco Solano AltarThere is a restored church visitors can view during their tour, which quite tastefully done and authentic looking. This, however, is not an active Catholic Church.

Weddings and Other Special Services

Contact the California Parks.

Unique Attractions

The biggest attraction in Sonoma is the town itself, which is rich in historic sites and many superb wineries. 

Jorgensen Painting The mission is centrally located on the town’s historic square. The wing that was the padre's quarters is now a museum. What was the dining room in the mission era now displays renderings of all of the California missions, painted by Chris Jorgensen between 1903-1905. 

San Francisco Back Courtyard The large mission quadrangle is included in any tour. It used for special events. 

Composite Indian Memorial The names of the mission neophytes of San Francisco Solano are displayed on a commemorative wall on the west side of the mission church. 

Display in soldiers museum The Mexican-era Soldier’s Barracks (just across from the mission) has been restored and now contain a small museum and a gift shop. 

Tips for Visitors

Mission San Francisco Solana and the Mexican-era Soldiers’ Barracks are both managed by the Sonoma Historic State Park but they are each a distinct attraction. 

Bear flag monument in square Look for the monument to one of the most historic events in California, the Raising of the Bear Flag when California was declared a republic on June 14, 1846. It is located directly across from the Mission and the Soldiers’ Barracks, on the edge of the central square. 

Allow yourself at least a half day to explore the mission and other historic buildings and shops on the central square of Sonoma. 

Other Historical Sites

Allejo House General Mariano Vallejo’s home, Lachryma Montis, about a mile from the mission. Vallejo was the dominant figure in Northern California before the American takeover. The complex has an informative museum.

Hides drying at Petoloma Ranch Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, 3325 Adobe Road in Petaluma, 707-762-4871. 

Additional Information
  • Weber, F.J. Last of the Missions: A Documentary History of San Francisco Solano.
  • Draper, A.S. (2000). Mission San Francisco Solano. (PowerKids Press book, part of their Missions of California Series)
  • Smilie, R.S. (1975). Sonoma Mission, San Francisco Solano de Sonoma: the Founding, Ruin and Restoration of California's 21st Mission.

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