Established in 1945 by Henry Prickett, Prickett’s Nursery has been improving Rincon Valley property for 45 years. For the past 10 years there has been talk about it closing, and turning the 5 acre property into a shopping center. Last year Prickett’s established a new smaller location down the road at 5875 Hwy 12 and for the past year the property has sat vacant. When I walk by, I see homeless camps popping up in the bushes, and trash up and down Sonoma Hwy in each direction leading to and from the vacant property. Today I saw heavy equipment knocking the structures down.
Its bitter sweet, I’m glad somebody is doing something to abate the nuisance, but I have to say I’m still sad that the nursery moved. Loved spending a part of my Saturday afternoon picking out roses while my kids played on the play equipment by the fence, or chasing the chickens that roamed free.
Abandoned quarry in Annadel State Park
Friday May 13th join park historians for a hike to old basalt quarries in Annadel State Park
Stone quarries in Annadel provided stonemasons with the material to build most of the historic buildings that are still standing in Railroad square today. The stones were also shipped to SF after the 1906 earthquake to help rebuild the city. On Friday May 13th, you can accompany a state historical volunteer on a 5 mile hike in Annadel State Park to see the historic quarries that helped build Santa Rosa and the north bay.
The hike meets at 9 a.m. at the North Burma trailhead on Channel Drive in Rincon Valley. The cost is $7 per car to enter the park. People who do not mind walking a bit, can park for free outside the park on Channel Drive in a dirt pullout. Beware, car burglaries are common so hide your valuables or bring them with you. No reservation needed.
Wear comfortable hiking clothes and bring plenty of water. This is a moderate hike with a 900’ gain in elevation. No dogs are allowed in the park.