From the Western Railway Museum east of Suisun City to Stonedene in Fairfield, Solano County is full of historic buildings and sites.
At least 20 Solano County historic structures are on the National Register of Historic Places. The list contained a few more, but ships such as the Delta King have moved on.
Some of the historic places, such as the Benicia state capitol and the Pena Adobe near Vacaville, are open to the public. Others, such as the Samuel Martin House — also known as Stonedene — are privately owned but can still be admired for their exterior architecture.
The county sites on the historic register are:
Benicia Arsenal, Army Point: Interstate 680, Benicia. www.beniciahistoricalmuseum.org
Benicia Capitol State Historic Park: First Street and G Street, Benicia. Owned by state. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=475
Bird and Dinkelspiel Store: 2145 Collinsville Road, Birds Landing. Privately owned.
Jackson Fay Brown House: 6751 Maine Prairie Road, Dixon. Privately owned.
Will H. Buck House: 301 Buck Ave., Vacaville. Privately owned.
Carr House: 165 E. D St., Benicia. Privately owned.
Crooks Mansion: 285 W. G St., Benicia. Privately owned.
Old Masonic Hall: 106 W. J St., Benicia. Privately owned.
Joseph Fischer House: 135 G St., Benicia. Owned by state. 707-745-3385
Hastings Adobe: northeast of Collinsville. Privately owned.
Mare Island Historic District: including the old shipyard, on Mare Island. Federally and privately owned.
Samuel Martin House, or Stonedene: 293 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield. Privately owned.
Peña Adobe: in Lagoon Valley/Peña Adobe Regional Park on Peña Adobe Road. Owned by Vacaville. www.penaadobe.org
Pleasants Ranch: 8212 Pleasants Valley Road, Vacaville. Privately owned but available for some events. joyfulranch.com/index.htm
Saint Vincent’s Hill Historic District: in Vallejo bounded by Mare Island Way almost to Sonoma Boulevard and from Quincy Alley to Kissel Alley. Owned by private parties and local government.
Suisun Masonic Lodge No. 55: 623 Main St., Suisun City. Privately owned.
Vacaville Town Hall: 620 E.Main St., Vacaville. Owned by Vacaville.
Vallejo City Hall and County Building Branch: 734 Marin St., Vallejo. Owned by Vallejo.
Vallejo Old City Historic District: Bounded by Sonoma Boulevard and Monterey, Carolina and York streets in Vallejo. Privately owned.
Western Railway Museum: This is the newest addition to the list, gaining national historic recognition in July. It is located at 5848 Highway 12. www.wrm.org; 707-374-2978