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Monterey Peninsula, CA : Historic Monterey

The first American public building, Colton Hall, is completed in Monterey.
On September 1, the California Constitutional Convention begins in Colton Hall.

Year: 1849

Need to know about Spain’s first headquarters in Alta California, settled before the Declaration of Independence was signed? Want to learn about abalone, salmon and sardine fisheries, or Cannery Row? Love to explore historic buildings in the town where California was born?

You have come to the right place!

Historic Monterey is a partnership of the City of Monterey, Monterey History and Art Association, and Monterey State Historic Park. The Historic Monterey website includes nine themed sections covering the key aspects of our historic destination, detailed information on our 18th- and 19th-century buildings, and links to Historic Monterey members and partners for more information about Monterey history, culture, attractions, and events.



There aren’t too many places with the number of historic sites that are found in Monterey. The early California adobes downtown and the historic cannery buildings on the oceanfront of Cannery Row combine with the vibrant and colorful stories of immigrants, artists, writers and political figures to create a rich Californian tapestry.

Click on the videos to learn more about what the city of Monterey has to offer.