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“Peaceful way to spend a couple of hours.”
Review of Lachryma Montis

Lachryma Montis
Ranked #58 of 104 things to do in Sonoma
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Laguna Niguel, California
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343 reviews
175 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
“Peaceful way to spend a couple of hours.”
Reviewed 4 June 2014 via mobile

I arrived right at opening time at 10:00 am and had the place to myself. There is a $3 fee. Start at the small but interesting museum that contains artifacts and historical information from Gen. Vallejo and his family. The house tour is self-guided. There are two levels on the main house. The kitchen and a guest house are out back. Vallejo was an interesting man who not only survived the Mexican War and incarceration but prospered afterward once the Americans took over. He lived the last 35 years of his life in this house. He had a large family. The house was built in Boston and assembled here. Despite being wood frame, it has survived in good condition since the mid 1850's. You cannot enter the rooms but instead must view them through a barrier. Most of the furniture is original. Be sure to check out the fish pond out back - lots of turtles in the murky water. This site was chosen because there is a spring that supplies water here year round. You can combine your visit with the mission in town and the barracks across the street from the mission for the same $3, so keep your ticket! It's a great deal.

Visited May 2014
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New Haven, Connecticut
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153 reviews
113 attraction reviews
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“Short visit”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

A nice 20 min walk from Sonoma Plaza will get you here, although you can also drive as they have parking (5-8 min drive). People who love seeing historical homes will enjoy this place. I found it ok, but my visit was enhanced by the presence of a guide who provided us various interesting trivia about the house. After touring the house we went out into the back, and then followed the walkway along the reservoir back up (you can see dozens of turtles sunbathing in the reservoir), and that road leads directly back to the parking lot. Took us no longer than 20 minutes to see everything, but admission was included with the Mission and its proximity to the main plaza made it a worthwhile distraction.

Visited April 2014
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Modesto, California
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252 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful Home and Grounds”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

Visited here briefly while touring through the Sonoma Valley. Arrived too late for the home tour, but walked around the gardens and looked inside the windows of the home. The home is in such a beautiful location, set off from the road by a long driveway lined with trees. Looking out from the house you see the beautiful hills and valley. In back of the house is the lovely pond filled with turtles and koi and backed by oak trees. I can see why General Vallejo would choose this spot for his home. Don't miss seeing the home and surrounding property if you are ever in this area. The cost to visit inside the home is $3.00 and this price also includes the other historical buildings in Sonoma such as the mission and barracks.

Visited April 2014
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Yountville, California
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“The mansion of General Mariano Vallejo, last Mexican Governor of Alta California”
Reviewed 12 March 2014

A beautifully executed and preserved mansion fit for a governor. The Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo ended the Bear Flag Republic, a gift of the Yankee Conquistadores.

The Governor was arrested and taken to Sacramento, where languished until the matter of Land Titles was sorted out. Lachryma Montis means Tears of the Mountain after the springs in the hill behind the Mansion. All of this is part of a State Park Complex that was locked down during the recent funding unpleasantness.

Visited August 2013
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Redding, California
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“California History”
Reviewed 5 January 2014

Interesting piece of California History. I enjoyed looking at the home and grounds. We also visited the Mission and Barracks in the Square.

Visited January 2014
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