The Benicia Historical society began in 1973.  The purpose of the society is to bring together people interested in the history of Benicia and California.  The society works to preserve the history and heritage of our city for future generations.  Our goal is to enhance historic Benicia through education, communication and community involvement.




Peña Adobe Historical Society

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"Authors at the Adobe"
Saturday, August 2, 2014


The Peña Adobe Historical Society and Vacaville authors: Fern Henry, author of “My Checkered Life”, Elissa DeCaro, author of “Images of America – Suisun City and Valley” and Brian Irwin, author of “Vacaville Then & Now” are proud to announce “Authors at the Adobe” at the Peña Adobe Park, located just off Interstate 80 in Vacaville, on Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 11am to 2 pm.

luzena2.jpgCome meet our local authors, tour the historic Peña Adobe, built in 1842, and stop by the Mowers-Goheen Museum. Chat with Fern Henry of Vacaville about her historic memoir of Luzena Stanley Wilson.  Learn of Luzena’s view of the California Gold Rush days, in which women are often left out, and learn what it was like traveling to California in 1849, and how, with her husband helped to establish the town of Vacaville.  

Dip into Luzena’s memories as she describes the festivals held at the Peña Adobe and her reflections of the Peña family, or learn the history of neighboring Suisun City.


Elissa DeCaro will share the history of Suisun, named from the Patwin word for “where the west wind blows”, from the early Suisunes up to the early 1950’s.



By the 1940’s Vacaville’s population still numbered only 1,608 people, today the population is 92,672.  Join photographer, Brian Irwin as he goes over historic photographs paired with the present-day images of Vacaville from his pictorial history book comparing our present to our past.


The Peña Adobe, historical landmark #534, was home of the Peña family, who with the Vaca family, settled in Vacaville over one hundred seventy years ago. Our displayed artifacts  include Peña family heirlooms, local Patwin tribe relics and an ancient woolly mammoth bone! 

There is no charge for admission into the historical park,  and no RSVP is necessary. For question in advance, call (707) 447-0518.  For same day information, call (707) 470-9975.

Continuing in our effort to promote this local historic treasure, the Peña Adobe and the Mowers-Goheen Museum are open the first Saturday of each month February thru December from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  If you are interested in tours, volunteering, or more information, call (707) 447-0518 or email us at pennaadobe@gmail.com.


Peña Adobe Historical Society

Off Interstate 80 at Peña Adobe Exit

Vacaville, CA   95687

(707) 447-0518



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