Founders Day Celebration 2023

September 14th -16th
Celebrate Mare Island's history through three days of storytelling, tours, and a family-friendly festival.

History Everywhere You Turn

In 1854, Mare Island became the site of the first naval base on the West Coast. For 142 Years, the Mare Island Naval Shipyard played an integral and incredible role in the shaping US History, and the reminders and remnants of that history are here on the Island for you to experience.

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“California will grow strong and flourish, and her people will be prosperous, happy and free.”

- General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo

The Mare Island Historic Park Foundation

Our Mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, and to present exhibits and programs that explore, educate, and celebrate the diverse military and cultural aspects of the base.

General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, whose mare the Island is named for.

Historic Scenic Venues

Host Your Event on the Island

Make your own history at these historic event venues.

Join the Foundation as a Sustaining Member

Proceeds from membership allow us to continue to preserve the rich history of Mare Island also comes with exclusive benefits. Memberships start at only $25 / year and make a great gift.

Private Events and Discounts

Events like movie nights and discounts on merchandise and ticketed events.

Complimentary Island Tours

Book a tour for yourself or bring a group and experience the history.

Contact Us

Questions or comments? Reach out to us and we'll respond promptly!

Mail to: P.O. BOX 4540, Vallejo, CA 94590
Visit St. Peter's Chapel: 1181 Walnut Ave, Vallejo, CA 94592
Visit Admirals Mansion: 1065 Walnut Ave, Vallejo, CA 94592
Visit Library: 1175 Nimitz, Suite 170, Vallejo, CA 94592
Thank you for your volunteer inquiry!
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