Colton Hall Museum
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Built in 1849 to serve as a public school and town meeting hall, this historic building is now a museum open for public touring.
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Jennifer S
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Jan 2022
A lot of books and other museum items from the days California was establishing its own State constitution. Monterey was the capital of California at one time.
Written 7 October 2022
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jeffrey k
Needham, MA540 contributions
Sep 2021
For CA, this is one of the most important historical sites, the place where the state constitution was drafted. Staff are informative and helpful. It is on the historic site walk through central Monterey.
Written 2 October 2021
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California1,570 contributions
Jul 2021
We did a self-guided historic walk that took us past here. More impressive than I expected. Safe, good walk but since we didn't know the area we kept going in early evening.
Written 1 August 2021
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Wendy D
Plattsburgh, NY55 contributions
Aug 2019
It was really fascinating to get a sense for the work that went into creating California's first constitution, and learn about the variety of people that contributed to its creation. The building is very well preserved. There's a small bookstore/gift shop. I spent about 30 minutes there.
Written 15 August 2019
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Stephanie C
Diamond Springs, CA243 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
It really started here. So much history here! You can get a sense of what it must have been like when Monterey was THE place. Ships pulling in to off load goods from far away locations and people rushing to get news from the East. Go if you’re in town.
Written 3 April 2019
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Ras15
Arlington, Virginia USA66 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
My goodness, but this small museum (one large room plus a little annex) packs in a lot of history, complete with actual and facsimile documents dealing with the state constitutional convention. One can readily imagine the delegates at work 170 years ago. The docent was quite informative and added to the high quality of the site. The park in front is very pretty and has some historical markers embedded in the walkway.
Written 11 February 2019
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Bob M
Santa Rosa, CA80 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
Up until California became a state, Monterey was the capital of Alta [upper] California, and was the most important town. In 1849, the Constitutional Convention was held to create the State of California, however, Monterey was never the capital of California. It was about the time gold was discovered in the Sierras, and almost overnight, San Francisco became the prominent commercial hub, and Monterrey was almost deserted. Colton hall has been preserved much as it was when the constitution was signed, with documents and furniture being original. While the museum is fairly small, its importance to California history makes it a MUST SEE!
Written 4 February 2019
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GRS-SJS
Sebastopol, CA1,284 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
I really don't think a lot of Californians know the history of this site. There is a huge amount of California history on display. This is one stop on the Monterey walking history tour. There are a number of other sites within walking distance. Pick up the map and enjoy the history.
Written 1 January 2019
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Matt
Los Alamos, CA27 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
The volunteer historians paint a vivid and colorful history of Monterey during their short presentations. A must do if visiting Monterey.
Written 26 November 2018
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szamp
Pacifica, CA214 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
Tomorrow is election day and this well preserved hall is where it all started for California. Our daughter has just moved to Monterey and we were exploring her new home when we wondered in. We were immediately assisted by Steven an enthusiastic historian. He has an infectious love for the history of Colton Hall and the Monterey area. He made the building and the California Constitutional Convention come alive for us. Monterey is known for its beauty, trendy eateries, and beautiful bay. Thank you to Steven and the staff at Colton Hall for introducing us to the proud heritage of Monterey.
Written 6 November 2018
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