Benicia Capitol SHP
Benicia Capitol SHP is a great place to go for any history buff, such as myself, but also any architectural enthusiast. The building itself is an all original structure and beautifully restored. I was most impressed by the very detail that went into each time-period piece of furniture and decor. Everything from gorgeous velvet curtains right down to an old spitoon is included. From outside, at first glance, I assumed my trip might be quicker than I thought, but sure enough I had spent well over an hour and a half inside just to see what was all offered. Besides the time-period pieces, there are also several rooms full of a series of exhibits and even a room for kids (or kids at heart) to play old games those children played during that era.
The tour lasts about 25 minutes, and is actually a detailed, self guided video tour set up on a screen.
During the holidays, the interior of the building is also decorated - even including a tree.
If you are lucky, you will also get the pleasure of being greeted by Mr. Jon Van Landschoot at the door. An extremely helpful and very funny State Parks Rep.
*** Please also note this particular park is only open on weekends until 5:00PM.