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Vacaville has a rich and important history you can discover for yourself. Here are the places to experience the city's past.

In addition to being the home of the legendary Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Vacaville is known to be rich in history. It's also a great place to raise your children. Even though it no longer has a home, the Napa Valley Model Railroad Historical Society still puts on the occasional exhibit for local residents. When you're ready to explore a few of the local historical sites, our real estate agents can point out several you may find intriguing.

  • Pena AdobePena Adobe is a California state landmark (#534) and is Solano County's oldest building. Juan Felipe Pena and his family were the first occupants of the home and played integral roles in settling the area. Built in 1842, Pena Adobe had dirt floors and redwood timbers that were worked by hand. Originally, there was a second structure next door known as the Vaca Adobe. In 1892, the second adobe was destroyed by an earthquake.

  • Vacaville Town Hall – The current Vacaville Town Hall was built in 1907 after a previous structure had been demolished. Known for being one of the first structures in the West that were reinforced with concrete, it started out as the town jail. The Town Hall is no longer used for official business. Instead, it's the home of the Vacaville Heritage Council. The Solano County Genealogy Society also has space in the building.

  • Vacaville MuseumThe Vacaville Museum is the place to go for all things cultural and historical. In addition to exhibits featuring local pieces of history, the museum also offers a variety of publications for visitors to enjoy. Educational programs are available as well to ensure the preservation of local history. If you are new to Solano County, a visit to the museum should be at the very top of your list. You can even sponsor a seat for one of their programs!

  • The Nut TreeThe Nut Tree is a huge redevelopment project for the Vacaville area. Sitting on 71 acres, the development has office spaces, retail stores, apartments, and even a small amusement park. An event center is also included. The area is being developed so residents can accomplish everything they want close to home. They will be able to live, shop, dine, play, and work all in one convenient location. There are many Vacaville homes for sale close by!

  • Winship-Smernes Building – The Winship-Smernes Building is one of Napa County's most beautiful structures. The building was built in 1888 and restored to its full glory in 1985 by Dan Peterson and his team of associates. The building has won awards for its historic preservation project. Two plaques are placed on the property, one for the original building and another for details of the restoration project.

Interested in moving to the Vacaville area? Contact us for more information. Our agents can fill you in on all the fun things to do in the area. They can also help your find cultural events and historical places to visit. Vacaville is a nice place to visit and an even greater place to live, especially if you are a history buff!

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