Author of the acclaimed book Where the World Begins: Sonoma Mountain Stories and Images, Arthur Dawson has turned his attention to the story of the Sonoma County pioneers from whom Hood Mountain Regional Park takes it name. Join us at an exclusive event to benefit Sonoma County Regional Parks and provide a seed fund for renovation of the historic property.
Experience the magic of the Hood House grounds on a gentle stroll through local history. Arthur Dawson will be your guide to the stories of this remarkable place–from the Guiluc people who lived here for millennia and whose labor was essential to the home’s construction; to sea captain John Wilson, first owner of Rancho Los Guilucos; to Scotsman William Hood and his wife Eliza, a famous “lady winemaker;” to its more recent incarnations as a senator’s country retreat and home for the elderly members of the Knights of Pythias. Constructed of handmade bricks as a wedding gift for Hood’s young bride, the home is the oldest surviving fired-brick building in Sonoma County and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Attendance at this exclusive Friday afternoon event is limited to 60 guests. The cost is $75 and includes a history walk and talk and appetizers. Guests will also receive a drink ticket and complimentary admission to that evening’s Funky Fridays concert on the grounds of Hood House. In addition, Arthur recently published the book Where the World Begins: Sonoma Mountain Stories and Images. The book will be available for purchase, and Arthur would be happy to sign it for you.
Attendance at this exclusive Friday afternoon event is limited to 60 guests. The cost is $75 per person and includes a history walk and talk, appetizers and a book-signing by Arthur Dawson. Guests will also receive a drink ticket and complimentary admission to that evening’s Funky Fridays concert on the lawn of Hood House.
The tour begins at 4:30 pm, and will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Funky Fridays concert begins at 7 pm. There are food trucks and beverages for sale, beginning at 5:30 pm.