Peña Adobe Historical Society Celebrates “Western Day at Adobe”! –

This May 7 open house event will feature performances by the Congressional Gunfighters of America, a professional stunt troupe! The re-enactment group is dedicated to preserving old western history, specializing in live entertainment. They use period costumes and weapons. Before the pandemic, they performed at historic “Old Town” events, train robberies, rodeos, state fairs and specialty events. Some club members have appeared in movies and TV shows!

In addition to the gunfighters, the music will be provided by the Vacaville Acoustic Jammers, led by Terry and Leslie Cloper. Jammers sing and play various instruments, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and harmonica.

La Peña Adobe is the oldest fully restored structure in Solano County. The adobe was built in 1842 by Juan Felipe Peña after he and Juan Manuel Vaca arrived from the New Mexico area. Adobe tours led by Cecelia Peña and Darlene Stewart, 5th generation descendants of the Peña family, will be available throughout the day. Native American Park Guides Armando Perez and James Tunstall will speak to park visitors about Native Americans who lived here before the Peñas and Vacas arrived in the Lagoon Valley.

The park is also home to the Mowers-Goheen Museum, with its artifacts from the area’s settlement, as well as the Willis Linn Jepson Memorial Garden and the Indian Council Ground. Fun activities for the kids will include an old fashioned potato sack race and learning to tie up cattle!

Peña Adobe Regional Park is located in scenic Lagoon Valley off Interstate 80 to the left of the Lagoon Valley Park entrance. This event is free! For questions, call (707) 447-0518. If you are passionate about local history and are interested in tours, volunteering, or more information, email us at [email protected].

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