St. Teresa of Avila in Bodega


Twenty-five years ago, Shannon and I were married at St. Theresa of Avila Church in Bodega.

The white, wooden church with a steeple sits on a hilltop above the small, rural coastal town. The church was built by shipbuilders in 1859 and is the oldest church in continuous use in Sonoma County.

Ansel Adams made the church the subject of a black and white photograph in 1953, and we have hung a copy on the wall in the living room wherever we’ve lived over the years — San Francisco’s North Beach, San Anselmo and Nevada City. The church is located next to the Bodega schoolhouse, which was the setting for the schoolhouse scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s film, The Birds.

Hitchcock and Hedren on the set of The Birds.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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