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50th anniversary of Peña Adobe dedication

Come jun the fun June 3

Post Date:05/12/2017 10:49 AM
paoh_webJoin the Peña Adobe Historical Society as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vacaville's historic park dedication!  Members of the Peña, Vaca and Berryessa families were all present on Saturday June 3, 1967 for the Peña Adobe Park dedication.  The families of Vacaville's early pioneers were introduced during the dedication by Rodney Rulofson, who was the first curator for the park.  Seated fifth from the right in the front row was the last surviving grandchild of Juan Felipe Peña, Mrs. Rose Coombs, 85 years old, who was instrumental in the restoration of the Peña Adobe.
Other attendees at the dedication included schoolmates Mike Rico and Gus Pena, local historian Bert Hughes, Peña descendant Eben Stevens, Solano County Historical Society member Bob Power, the grandson of General Vallejo, Richard Emparan and Solano County author Wood Young.  City officials dedicated the Peña Adobe which officially opened to the public that Saturday.  John McBride of the Vacaville Recreation Department presided at the ceremony and Mayor Ted Chancellor gave the welcoming.
Visitors to the Peña Adobe Park on Saturday June 3rd will tour the national and state historic Peña family home built in 1842, the Mowers-Goheen Museum, the Willis Linn Jepson Memorial Garden, and Indian Council Grounds.  Docents will be on hand to answer questions and provide insight into Vacaville’s past, including Cecelia Peña, great niece of Rose Coombs.  Performances by the dance troupe Danzantes del Alma of Davis, local authors including Fern Henry, Jerry Bowen and Brian Irwin sharing their books about the history of Vacaville and lunch catered by Vasquez Deli will all be part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Peña Adobe Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For lunch tickets or questions call (707) 447-0518 or visit our website
Volunteers from the Peña Adobe Historical Society open the Adobe and the Museum for visitors from 11:00am to 2:00pm the first Saturday of the month, February thru December.  If you have an interest in local history, e-mail us at and come join us at this gateway to Vacaville!