“…tune out the distractions of today and appreciate the feast for the senses that my fellow Sonoman, Barbara White Perry, has captured in her ink and charcoal drawings of yesterday. Absent traffic, power lines, curbs, gutters and sidewalks, her illustrations capture the soul and character of the shops and homes of Sonomans who made our Valley of the Moon what it is, long before modern distractions obscured that vision. This is the Sonoma Valley of my father, and his father and grandfather. The last lovely vestiges still exist and are beautifully memorialized in Barbara’s art.”
Bill Lynch, Editor Emeritus, The Sonoma Index-Tribune
In 1999 Barbara began documenting Sonoma Valley’s historic and unique properties with ink and vine charcoal drawings and colorful stories of each property’s past. The first edition was published in 2015. As she continued drawing and writing, her inventory of first edition books dwindled so she has created the Second Edition with 55 images and stories.
Chapter One, the City of Sonoma, is presented with a map to guide readers on a walk around and near the historic Plaza.
Other chapters include Sonoma Valley properties, “Gone But Not Forgotten”, documenting structures and vistas forever lost to time, neglect or development. Many original stories have been updated to reflect new information.
This book is an easy-to-read, 11-inches wide format, with large images and 132 pages. A book suitable for all ages.
Barbara White Perry is a SONOMA TREASURE ARTIST named by the City of Sonoma’s Cultural and Fine Arts Commission. The Commission not only noted her accomplishments as painter, Illustrator and author, but her numerous contributions to the community.
A SAMPLE OF STORIES IN THE BOOK:
Sonoma Mission Creamery, 1929
“The history of cream and cheese in Sonoma is linked to several buildings on and near the Plaza. The Sonoma Mission Creamery is one of them. Built in 1929 by Joe Vella the concrete building was constructed to store cheese in the basement, and to make and sell ice cream on the ground floor. It was known as a gathering place for families and for years had a sign with a large ice cream cone and the words: Vella’s Ice Cream Fountain-Lunch….”
California Historical Landmark Number 4
“General Guadalupe Vallejo and his wife, Francisca, wanted to move away from the commotion and dust of the Plaza area. In 1850, they chose a spot of importance to the Native Americans who call it “Tear of the Mountain” because of the springs in the mountainside. Vallejo, a self-educated man, translated that into Latin as the name for his estate Lachryma Montis….”
Kenwood Depot, 1887
314 Warm Springs Road, Kenwood
“…The depot sat quietly until 1940 when the Kenwood Improvement Club’s Agnes Morton, convinced Southern Pacific to sell the abandoned depot for $500 with the stipulation that the depot be held and used for the community. The trains are all gone but the Kenwood Depot remains today as a gathering place, protected by the Kenwood Community Club, a non-profit organization.”