Signs, Signs #51:

01 Feb

Still in Sonoma as continued from last week’s SIGNS post. This time around my strolling around the plaza has taken me to this sign and this house:

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FROM THIS SOURCE:The General Joseph Hooker House(formerly the Vasquez House) located at 414 First Street East in El Paseo de Sonoma on the Plaza reopened in 2009 after restoration of the interior. The building will now serve as a museum of Sonoma history. Since the reopening , Hooker House has hosted more than 3000 visitors. Please come by.

Hours: Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays, 1-4 p.m.

The General Joseph Hooker House was built in the early 1850’s for General “Fighting Joe” Hooker of Civil War fame. Hooker sold the house originally located on First Street West, and the many acres of adjoining land to Catherine Vasquez and her husband, Pedro, with the deed registered in Catherine’s name. The Vasquez family occupied the house until 1901, and it is believed that at least two of their children were born in one of the upstairs bedrooms.

In 1973, the house was given to the League by the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lynch of Sonoma. The Lynch Family founded the local newspaper, The Sonoma Index-Tribune. The house was moved to its present location which is owned by the owners of El Paseo.

Reconstruction of the house was undertaken by members of the League with donations of materials and labor from local residents and businessmen.

The Vasquez House was opened to the public in 1976 as the Vasquez House and in 2008 the house was renamed to honor the original owner, Joseph Hooker. It is now known as the General Joseph Hooker House



Posted by on February 1, 2012 in SIGNS


11 responses to “Signs, Signs #51:

  1. seniorhiker

    February 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I think it’s wonderful that this house has been preserved. Hooker wasn’t the most successful general in the Civil War, but I think it’s appropriate that the house was renamed to commemorate him. The sign is as elegant as the house.

  2. RedPat

    February 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    It is a quite elegant sign indeed! Wonderful to see such an old building restored!

  3. Ebie

    February 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    A piece of history well kept.

  4. genie

    February 2, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Thanks for an interesting history lesson…I learn something new each and eery day. Love the little house and am so glad it has been preserved. genie

  5. EG Wow, Canada

    February 2, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Nice to see it’s still in good condition after all these years!

  6. Pat

    February 2, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Looks like a beautiful little home. Glad it was restored.

  7. PM

    February 2, 2012 at 2:34 am

    that’s nice. the restoration was cool. unlike here where historical structures are left to rot, or worse.

  8. Jessica

    February 2, 2012 at 3:45 am

    I love historic homes like this. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. Julie

    February 2, 2012 at 6:31 am

    You have to chuckle, yes? The house was taken down. Moved to another site. The house was rebuilt. The house was given another name. And yet it hosts ‘history’. We do that sort of trickery here in Australia. There is a wonderful example which houses the Society of Australian Geneologists down near the Harbour Bridge. Moved brick by brick in the 1970s … everything old is new again.

  10. Andy

    February 2, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I guess my mind must be in the gutter. I thought it was it a house of house of ill repute. In Canada hooker is a reference to a whore or prostitute.

  11. Lindy MacDuff

    February 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I enjoy visiting places such as this. Thanks for providing the history.


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