Location: 1104 Fifth Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901
Year founded: 1817
Patron saint: The Archangel St. Raphael.
Founders: Fathers Sarriá, Abella, Durán and Gil y Taboada.
Native peoples: Coast Miwok, Wappo and Pomo.
Goods produced: Wheat, barley, corn, beans, peas, lentils, garbanzos, pears, grapes.
Features: Small replica chapel next to larger parish church. Three of the original bells and painting of the mission’s patron, St. Raphael, are also preserved.
Current status: Roman Catholic Parish.
Historical landmark number: California Historical Landmark no. 220.
Interesting facts: Mission San Rafael originally began as a hospital to take care of sick natives from Mission San Francisco de Asís. It was the first mission founded north of the San Francisco Bay.
Daily life: Daily life at Mission San Rafael Arcángel was very similar to life at other missions. You can learn more about daily life at the missions here.
For a more in-depth look at Mission San Rafael Arcángel, read Mission San Rafael Arcángel: The Hospital that Became a Mission.