Fire house exhibit opens
The Sonoma League for Historic Preservation's Joseph Hooker House will preview a new exhibit on the Sonoma Fire House, opening on Saturday, Oct. 13, and continuing through February.
The old photographs include a scene of the Pinelli fire which occurred on First Street East in September 1911. A small kitchen fire soon threatened the entire business block, as the wind kept changing direction.
At the direction of Agostino Pinelli, a force a firefighters attached a large hose was attached to a 1,000-gallon tank of wine and the wine was pumped onto the burning building.
Later, when the building was torn down, the wine stains were still on the walls.
A photograph and story of the old Neptune engine is also featured.
The Joseph Hooker House is located on the east side of the Plaza, and is open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. Docents are available to help visitors interpret the exhibits, and admission is free.
The exhibit will not be on display from Dec. 8 through Dec. 31, when a separate art exhibit will be revealed.