Peña Adobe - Western Day

August07
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Peña Adobe Historical Society will host “Western Day” at the Peña Adobe Park in Vacaville, on Saturday, August 7th. Come see the historic Peña Adobe, one of the oldest structures in Solano County. Featuring performances by the Congressional Gunfighters of America, a professional acting stunt troupe! The re-enactment group is dedicated to preserving old Western history, specializing in live entertainment. They use period costuming and weaponry. Prior to the pandemic, they performed at historical “old town” events, train robberies, rodeos, state fairs, and specialty events. Some club members have appeared in films and TV shows!

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

Rush Ranch’s blacksmith Virgil Sellers will also be joining the day’s family-oriented activities. Virgil’s team will be demonstrating the role blacksmiths played when the Peña and Vaca pioneering families raised cattle in the mid-1800s on their ranch on what was to become the city of Vacaville.

The Pena Adobe is the oldest fully restored structure built in Solano County. The adobe was built in 1842 by Juan Felipe Pena after he and Juan Manuel Vaca arrived in Vaca Valley from the New Mexico region. Tours of the Adobe conducted by 5th generation Peña family descendants Cecelia Peña and Darlene Stewart will be available throughout the day.

Stop in the adjacent Mowers-Goheen Museum, and see local artifacts that include Peña family children’s toys, ladies dresses from the turn of the century and a woolly mammoth bone!

Peña Adobe - Western Day

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