Archaeology, Hitstory and a Hoag House Mystery

In January 1984, while the Hoag House was still at its original location - up on piers and ready to be moved Adrian Praetzellis~ at the request of architect Dan Peterson, excavated a trash-filled pit beneath the structure. For a while, it looked as if we had caught Obediah Hoag in one of these contradictions between what historical archaeologists call observed behavior - Hoag as described by his - contemporaries and preserved behavior - Hoag as reflected by his trash. This article will present and resolve that apparent contradiction and, in the process, recount a good deal of Santa Rosa's history.