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Freestone, California
The Freestone general store as of 2007.
The Freestone general store as of 2007.
Country United States
State California
County Sonoma
Elevation 220 ft (67 m)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 95472
Area code 707
FIPS code 06-25618
GNIS feature ID 1658578

Freestone is a small, unincorporated community in Sonoma County, California, USA located at the intersection of Bohemian Highway and Bodega Highway. It's west of Sebastopol along Salmon Creek on the U.S. Geological Survey 7.5-minute quadrangle, Valley Ford, California.

The ZIP code for Freestone is 95472, which it shares with Sebastopol and two other communities.

History

North Pacific Coast Railroad in Freestone, California (1893)
North Pacific Coast Railroad train in Freestone, 1893
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Watson School

Freestone is located on part of Rancho Cañada de Jonive. The town's name dates back to 1853 and refers to a public sandstone quarry. Starting in 1873, Freestone was a stop on the North Pacific Coast Railroad which eventually connected Cazadero to the Sausalito ferry.

It is a small town of only about 50 people. The town is only about 1/2 mile from one end to the other.

Open from 1856 to 1967, Watson School once served as Freestone's school, and is located in a Sonoma County Regional Parks Department historic park about 2.5 miles southwest of Freestone.

Places of interest

Freestone is a Sonoma county destination located near Sebastopol, Bodega Bay, and the town of Occidental, with several businesses catering to locals and tourists.

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, located on the banks of Salmon Creek, offers a Japanese-style cedar enzyme bath and is a founding member of the Green Spa Network of environmentally conscious spas. Wild Flour Bakery's bread (actually named Wild Flour Bread), pastries, and garden are popular with weekend visitors.

The town also includes a boutique called Enduring Comforts, the Joseph Phelps Vineyard and tasting room, the Freestone Country Store, Freestone Artisan Cheese, and a five-room bed and breakfast, the Green Apple Inn.


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