The two-storied adobe barracks facing Sonoma’s central plaza was built to house Mexican army troops under the command of General Vallejo. These troops arrived in Sonoma in 1834. From then until 1846, Sonoma was the headquarters of the commandant of the Frontera del Norte – the Mexican Provincial of the north. Construction was completed in 1840 and ’41.
Following the Bear Flag takeover of Sonoma on June 14th, 1846, the barracks housed a number of Bear Flag followers until July 9, when the Stars and Stripes were first raised at Sonoma. Thereafter the barracks were used by various United States forces. Throughout the next few years Sonoma continued to be an important army post.
In later years it was used as a winery, store, law office and private residence. It was purchased by the State in 1958.
The Sonoma Barracks is part of the Sonoma State Historic Park.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Time Period Represented: 1834 to 1846
Hours Open: Friday through Wednesday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Closed Thursday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Visitor Fees: $3 for adults, $2 for children over 10
Seasons Open: All Seasons but closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years
Price Style for this Establishment: affordable
The unisex restrooms in the Barracks on East Spain street are generally accessible and currently the most accessible in the park. The first floor includes exhibits, a video room and a store and are generally accessable.
Dogs are not allowed in historic buildings.