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Vacaville Museum Nut Tree Exhibit is a hit

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In July of 1921, the Power family started a roadside fruit stand that would become California’s favorite road stop and put Solano County on the map for travelers all over the country. The Vacaville Museum exhibit honoring the 100th anniversary of the original Nut Tree opened on March 20 of this year and will run until January 9, 2022.

The exhibit, “Nut Tree Centennial: 100 Years of Food, Family and Fun,” tells the story of the Nut Tree and the local family who, through a commitment to quality and innovation, created what San Francisco Chronicle writer Allan Temko dubbed  “an oasis of good taste.” The exhibit features all things original Nut Tree, including displays of the restaurant, retail shops and post office. The colorful art of Nut Tree graphic artists, led by Don Birrell, is displayed throughout the exhibit.

The exhibit was created by Museum Registrar Heidi Casebolt and a team of volunteers who were driven by one principle: What made the original Nut Tree so special and how do we capture the wonder of the Nut Tree for those that loved it and for the next generation?

On Saturday, March 27, a week after the exhibit opened, the museum had more visitors — over 150 — than anybody associated with the museum can remember.

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Discover Solano Spring 2021: Solano history, more on display at community museums

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Anyone who is interested in local history has no shortage of places to go to get a taste of what makes Solano County the place it is today. There are museums in Benicia, Fairfield, Suisun City, Vacaville, Vallejo, Rio Vista, Benicia and in rural Suisun Valley – each with something different to offer. Be sure to check with the museums as they reopen with new access requirements linked to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Benicia Historical Museum

Benicia’s Historical Museum at the Camel Barn has been able to keep the lights on with pandemic help from the government, and their mission afloat with some out-of-the-box thinking, officials say.

The organization behind the museum was incorporated in 1981 and the museum, which celebrates the 19th century U.S. military experiment with the use of camels, was dedicated in 1985, said Maureen Williams, the museum’s part-time office manager since January 2017.

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Vacaville Museum gearing up for Nut Tree centennial exhibit

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Jeri Inman, Vacaville Museum volunteer, puts bulbs into a sign that was on display at the original Nut Tree Restaurant for an exhibit on the landmark eatery and roadster's 100th anniversary. The sign will hang above an original booth from the restaurant. The exhibit will open after Solano County is out of the red tier. (Nick Sestanovich -- The Reporter)

The year 2021 is going to mark a lot of significant milestones. For Vacaville residents, one of those will be the 100th anniversary of a local and state institution: the original Nut Tree.

What began as a fruit stand gave way to an iconic restaurant that pioneered California cuisine and an amusement center that brought joy to residents and road trip travelers alike and now is the home to a sprawling retail center. The Vacaville Museum is commemorating the anniversary of the original Nut Tree by showcasing the artifacts associated with it.

The exhibit will open once Solano County moves into the red tier — as indoor museums are not currently open to the public under current COVID-19 restrictions — but volunteers and museum staff are hard at work putting the items in place, which range from one of the original booths to artwork that was on display in the restaurant to the large stuffed animals on display in the original toy shop.

“What we’re doing is we’re recreating the Nut Tree experience here,” Museum Director Joanie Erickson said.

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Vacaville Museum to resume Historical Home Walking Tours

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With California’s stay-at-home order lifted, museums have been given the green light to hold outdoor functions again.

Which means the Vacaville Museum Guild will resume its Historical Home Walking Tours to give participants some much-needed exercise while also learning about the homes that have had a long presence in the city.

The next walk is planned for Feb. 6, with the activities being held the first and third Saturdays of every month for as long as there is interest, museum officials wrote in a news release.

The two-hour walk will begin and end in the museum courtyard and a guide will provide local history and stories about Vacaville. Each walk will have a different route to allow for different stories to be told, officials wrote. Light refreshments will be served at the end of the tour, and participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes and face coverings. All walks are limited to no more than 15 participants.

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