Sonoma History & Culture
Sonoma’s Town Plaza, a National Historic Landmark, is practically a museum in the streets chronicling California’s transition from Mexico to the United States. It was here in 1846 that a scruffy band of settlers, with a firm endorsement from Capt. John C. Frémont, staged the Bear Flag Revolt and proclaimed the California Republic — still emblazoned on the state's flag today. The shady central green sits surrounded by City Hall, the Presidio of Sonoma barracks and Mission San Francisco Solano, the last-built and northernmost of 21 up the El Camino Real.