Since 2004 Sonoma actor and historian George Webber has performed unique and entertaining historic re-enactment walking tours of the Sonoma Plaza, bringing to life General Vallejo (founder of Sonoma in 1835) in first person character portrayals. His new tour: the “Locals History Tour of the Sonoma Plaza” is designed for history lovers, and for people who FEEL LOCAL wherever they are. General Vallejo will guide you by the Blue Wing Inn, the Mission, Barracks, Casa Grande site, and the Plaza, and you will hear the story of Sonoma on the ground where the General walked.
Topics covered include:
Vallejo’s life as a boy growing up in Monterey, California in the early 1800’s
• The founding of the Sonoma Mission in 1823
• What Mission life was really like for the Native Americans who became “neophytes”
• Secularization of the Missions and the arrival of General Vallejo to Sonoma
• Building the civilian pueblo of Sonoma
• The true story of the Bear Flag Revolt
• The betrayal of the California Land Act of 1851
• The beautification of the Plaza, building of City Hall, and Grinstead Amphitheatre
90 Minute Walking Tours are $20 in cash or Venmo at end of the tour. Tours run most Sunday mornings. Meet George/General Vallejo at 10:00 AM in front of the Bear Flag statue in the Sonoma Plaza (corner of Spain St and First Street East.) Reservations required. Call George at 707-939-5507, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Private tours available---flat fee of $150 for groups of 1 to 100. Call George to schedule.