Monday, March 19, 2018

Geology and Mining History - Classes begin Thurs Apr 19

A class on the geology and mining history of Mother Lode gold deposits, as instructed by Eric Costa
Thursday Evenings, 5:30pm-8:30pm, April 19th and April 26th
Optional Field Trip held on Saturday, April 28th
 The Hub (206 B Main St, Jackson)
$25 for 2 classes (3 hours each) and additional $10 for optional field trip
For more information, please contact ACRA by phone (209-223-6349),
e-mail ( ), or Facebook (

Beginning Genealogy & Family History - Classes begin Wed Apr 11

Want to know more about the history of your relatives? Learn how with a class on Beginning Genealogy & Family History! This class is instructed by local historian and genealogist, Barbara McMahon.
Wednesdays, April 11th – May 16th, 5:30pm-7:00pm
The Hub (206 B Main St, Jackson)
$60 for 6-week course
For more information, please contact ACRA by phone (209-223-6349),
e-mail ( ), or Facebook (

Thursday, February 22, 2018

2nd Saturday Guided Tours at Sutter Creek’s Historic Knight Foundry

Discover the compelling history that is historic Knight Foundry - America’s last water-powered foundry and machine shop and a premier relic of Mother Lode gold mining history. Join us for one of our Guided Tours on the second Saturday of every month.

The next few tour dates are March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9. No reservations are necessary. Tours begin at 10 a.m., 12 noon, and 2 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults 18 and older, $5 for students age 5-17, free for children under 5.

Knight Foundry hats, T-shirts, aprons, and more are also on sale, along with Pinkerton Foundry patterns. 

Knight Foundry
81 Eureka Street, Sutter Creek CA 95685.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Knight Foundry Plaques Dedication - Sat Mar 10

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) will be rededicating their Mechanical Engineering Historical Landmark plaque that was first placed at the Foundry site in 1994.

The Native Sons of the Golden West (NSGW) will be dedicating the new plaque honoring all of the Native Sons who have passed through Knight Foundry, and to commemorate the NSGW support for the preservation of the site.

The ceremony will take place at 11am. The public is invited. Tours of the site will be also be available at 10am, 12noon and 2pm.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

7th Annual Spaghetti Feed - Fri Jan 26

Come to the Amador County Historic Cemeteries Board's 7th Annual Spaghetti Feed on Friday, January 26 at the Italian Picnic Grounds!

Enjoy a delicious Italian dinner of salad, garlic bread, spaghetti with a hearty red meat sauce, spaghetti with a green pesto sauce, and dessert! Wine, soft drinks, and water will be available for purchase. Please no outside alcohol.

All proceeds go the preservation and protection of our historic Amador County cemeteries.

To purchase tickets, contact ACRA at 209-223-6349, or come into the ACRA office at 10877 Conductor Blvd, Ste. 100, in Sutter Creek.

$20/ person, $25 at the door.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Preston Castle Olde Tyme Christmas - Sat Dec 9

IONE, CA:  Travel back to olden times at the beautiful Preston Castle on Saturday, December 9 from 10 am to 4 pm, and find holiday decorations and vendors with lots of interesting arts, crafts, jewelry, baked goods, and other gift items.  This is a great place to take care of much of your holiday gift list.
Most of the vendors will be indoors in the basement area of the Castle.
Santa will be available for your wish lists and photos, starting at Noon.
You may take a self-guided tour of the historic Preston Castle, 10 am to 2 pm, $10.
On Saturday night, you can view the outside of the Castle lit up in Holiday Lights, from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Preston Castle Olde Tyme Christmas
Free for Fair, Bazaar, Lights; $10 for Day Tour
Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation
Preston Castle, 900 (end of) Palm Dr., Ione, CA
35 miles southeast of Sacramento, CA off HWY 104 in Ione

About Preston Castle Foundation
The strikingly beautiful Romanesque style Preston Castle, on a hill in Ione, was actually the administration building for the Preston School of Industry, the first major attempt in California at rehabilitating, instead of just impris­­­oning, young offenders.  Opened in 1894, the Preston School of Industry became a leader in the juvenile prison reform movement by giving convicted boys a real chance at life by educating them not only in academics, but in all of the useful trades of the time.  Closed in 1960, when the Preston Youth Authority moved into a new administration building down the hill, the Preston Castle was left to deteriorate due to weather, vandalism, and general neglect.  It now serves as a vacant, but vitally important landmark for Ione, Amador County, and the Motherlode.  It is a California State Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Mission of the Preston Castle Foundation is to preserve, rehabilitate, and utilize the historic Preston Castle site.  We are proud of the fact that the State of California has deeded the title for the Castle, four other buildings, and surrounding 13 acres of land, to the Preston Castle Foundation.  This year we are working hard to complete the installation of new gutters and downspouts on the Annex portion of the Castle.  To help raise money for this and other important projects, the Foundation sponsors several fund raising events throughout the year.
Olde Tyme Christmas is the last event of 2017 for the Preston Castle Foundation, and our wonderful hard working volunteers will be taking a well-earned winter break.  Things start up again with the first public tour day on April 7, 2018.  Check our website and Facebook page for up to date information.
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