Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Miner's Bend Update - December 2016

ACHS Board Members and others:

Frank Cuhna and Crew got the sign frames installed yesterday morning [December 12] at Miners' Bend and then the interpretive signs along the path were put in later in the afternoon. Check it out!

There are several events planned for early 2017 to highlight this new park and attraction for Sutter Creek and Amador County: The ACHS event on Saturday - 25 March with the NSGW at the NSGW Hall, and then Miners' Bend Tour will be one of these events.










Saturday, November 26, 2016

Giving Tuesday: Mother Lode Land Trust

Join the Mother Lode Land Trust
November 29th, 2016
The Mother Lode Land Trust strives to preserve the rural quality of life in California's Gold Country.  Through the preservation of lands unique to our region we create a legacy for our children.  Imagine the oak studded foothills, Sierra Nevada rivers, and pristine mountain vistas remaining as they are forever!
 
Your donation to the Mother Lode Land Trust on #Giving Tuesday makes you a part of this legacy.

Make a contribution today - We have the opportunity to match donations of up to $10,000 thanks to a generous donation from the Amador Community Foundation! 
MOTHER LODE LAND TRUST |  In the Old Chichizola Store  M-F 9-3
Your copy should address 3 key questions: Who am I writing for? (Audience) Why should they care? (Benefit) What do I want them to do here? (Call-to-Action).

Create a great offer by adding words like "free" "personalized" "complimentary" or "customized." A sense of urgency often helps readers take an action, so think about inserting phrases like "for a limited time only" or "only 7 remaining!"
Mother Lode Land Trust | 1324 Jackson Gate RdPO Box 1435Jackson, CA 95642

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Giving Tuesday: Sutter Creek Fire History Projects

The Sutter Creek Fire History Projects is participating in Giving Tuesday on November 29th.
What is Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
If you are interested to support our history projects, you may do so on Tuesday, November 29th online:
https://giveamador.org/product/sutter-creek-volunteer-fire-department-sutter-creek-fire-history-projects/

Thanks for your consideration
Ed Arata


Friday, November 11, 2016

Olde Tyme Christmas at Preston Castle - Sat Dec 10

IONE, CA:  Travel back to olden times at the beautiful Preston Castle, 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
Saturday, December 10, 10 am to 4 pm
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
Saturday, December 10, 10 am to 4 pm
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 obtain our own water and sewer connections.  To help raise money for this important project, the Foundation sponsors several fund raising events throughout the year.

Olde Tyme Christmas is the last event of 2016 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 1, 2017.  Check our website and Facebook page for up to date information.

Help Save The Castle and learn more about our history, events, and tours by visiting www.prestoncastle.com.  All contributions are tax deductible.












Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fiddletown Preservation Society's All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet & Bake Sale - Sun Nov 6

Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the colorful fall foliage and a hearty morning meal out in the country. Visitors are invited to the Fiddletown Preservation Society's all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and bake sale Sunday, Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Fiddletown Community Center. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the original one-room Fiddletown Schoolhouse on American Flat Road. Once restoration is complete, the schoolhouse will serve as a community learning/cultural center for small concerts, art and historical exhibits, and other public and private events.


The structure was built in 1862, and served children in grades 1 through 8 until 1955 when the school closed and students began attending school in the town of Plymouth six miles away. The FPS began restoration efforts in 1964. The hookup to septic system is now complete. There are working toilets and running water in the building. The north side of the building has been shored up and the wall aligned. The FPS is currently working on repairing shutters on south side wall along with any window repairs, and the rock wall next to the back stairs, which is falling down.
Guests will be welcome to visit the schoolhouse during the breakfast.

Prices for the breakfast are $12 for adults, $3 for ages 6 to 16 and $1 for ages 5 and under. Menu includes: French toast, scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, bacon and sausage, pastry and muffins, fresh fruit, milk, orange juice and coffee. A separate bake sale will also be available for guests to take home a piece of Fiddletown country goodness.

Historian Elaine Zorbas will be selling copies of her new book: Banished and Embraced, The Chinese in Fiddletown and the Mother Lode. Zorbas held her release party and book signing in August 2015 at the Fiddletown Schoolhouse.

The Fiddletown Community Center is located at 14445 Fiddletown Rd in Fiddletown, CA. For more information, call (209) 245-6042 or visit http://www.fiddletown.info/.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Preston Castle Haunt - Fridays & Saturdays in October


PRESTON CASTLE HAUNT
Friday, October 14
Saturday, October 15
Friday, October 21
Saturday, October 22
Friday, October 28
Saturday, October 29
7:00 to 11:00 pm each night


IONE, CA: The event you've been waiting for, Preston Castle Haunt 2016, at the magnificent, eerie, scary, Preston Castle! Featured on Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures, come experience Northern California's only REAL Haunted Castle! This is a fun Haunt walk-through and not a historical tour of the Castle.


The Castle is literally haunted. Do you doubt the truth? Come and find out for yourself. This year's haunt will be unlike any previous year with a longer walk through the Castle. A VIP upgrade is an add-on that can be selected upon check out. The VIP upgrade entitles a person to go through the Haunt twice using the fast-pass line. This is the best value for your Halloween entertainment.


This Halloween experience may be too intense for younger children. There will not be a children's carnival. Food vendors will be on hand to take care of your hunger pangs. Cool merchandise including really great T-Shirts and Sweatshirts, will be available for purchase. Expanded to 6 nights.


Tickets available online at: www.prestoncastlehaunt.com


Come and see if you dare!
Gates open at 6:45 pm, scare tours start at 7:00 pm.
Admissions are limited for each night, so order early to make sure you can get in. If available, tickets may be purchased at the gate -cash or credit card only. No Refunds.


WHAT: Preston Castle Haunt
PRICE: $20, $10 youth (thru High School with ID), $15 VIP Upgrade
WHO: Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation
WHERE: Preston Castle, Ione, CA
35 miles southeast of Sacramento, CA off HWY 104 in Ione
WHEN: Fri. and Sat., October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, 7:00 to 11:00 pm


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 obtain our own water and sewer connections. To help raise money for this important project, the Foundation sponsors several fundraising events throughout the year.


In addition to the Castle Haunt, we will be holding a holiday fair/bazaar called Old Tyme Christmas on December 10.

Help Save the Castle and learn more about our history, events, and tours by visiting: www.prestoncastle.com. All contributions are tax deductible.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Sutter Creek Fire History: Village Hook & Ladder

The Hook & Ladder Wagon is a reproduction of a style of wagon that was used by many small towns across the US.  They were generically called a Village Hook & Ladder Wagon, most were locally made by the town wagon maker and blacksmith.  It was used to carry the fire fighting tools of the day - Ladders, axes, water buckets, pike poles, grappling hooks, lanterns, rope, etc.


We know that Sutter Creek had a wagon of this type as it shows up on the equipment list for the fire department on the Sanborn Fire Maps.  Sutter Creek would have continued to use this wagon into the early 1920s when they got their first motorized fire truck.


Our wagon was designed and build by Wayne Orvick of Wood River Carriage Works in Bellevue, Idaho.  I have worked with him before on projects to restore other pieces of old fire equipment for Sutter Creek.


We are now starting to put old style equipment on the wagon.  This morning we put on some ladders and lanterns.  We will add more pieces over time.

The Hook & Ladder Wagon is currently being housed and displayed at the Main Sutter Creek Fire Station will we work toward restoring our first fire house on Spanish Street, where it will be displayed in the future.

Ed Arata





Monday, August 22, 2016

Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation Receives a Generous Donation for Their New Museum August, 2016

Many of you may know Rick Champlin because of his local landscape business, but he is interested in more things than you know! Rick and Nancy Champlin just made an amazing donation from their private collection to the new Sutter Creek Museum that will be housed in the historic Sutter Creek Grammar School.

Rick has a hobby of collecting some very unusual pieces, which include everything from Indian artifacts to Civil War relics to Gold Rush pieces, and everything in-between. He loves historical artifacts and has always been fascinated by the history of Sutter Creek.

Two of the pieces that Rick has collected along the way were just a coincidence that they both came from the Central Eureka Mine here in Sutter Creek. He actually acquired these pieces at different times from completely different areas. They weren’t even living in Sutter Creek when he bought one of them and it wasn’t until they moved here that he made the connection.

One is a Strong Box that was probably used to transport gold from the Central Eureka Mine. He found this piece in an Amador City Antique Shop fairly recently. It wasn’t even known that it came from the Central Eureka Mine until he got it home and cleaned it up to discover the name stamped on the top.  Rick had to work very hard with a locksmith to even get the box unlocked and opened, but after they were finally successful, the locksmith made a new key for it so it could actually be used again.

The other piece he found was a shotgun that also has Central Eureka stamped on it, but he found this piece down in Los Angeles at a Gun Show about 25 years ago.  He thought it came from the town of Eureka then, not Sutter Creek. It is dated between the 1890’s and the Turn of the Century. The Central Eureka stamp is clearly printed on the stock of the shotgun and looks almost exactly like the stamp on the Strong Box.

The Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation is very excited and extremely grateful to Rick and Nancy Champlin for their generous donation of these two amazing pieces. The SCCBF has been working diligently to restore the historic Sutter Creek Grammar School and one of the rooms is being designated for a Sutter Creek Museum. The Champlin artifacts will be prominently displayed to represent the historic Central Eureka Mine, which is still a landmark in Sutter Creek.

Web site: www.sccbf.org

Nancy and Rick Champlin





Thursday, August 18, 2016

Preston Castle Wine Tasting & Tour - Sat Sept 10

IONE, CA:  Taste the fine wines of Amador County and enjoy the aura of the historic and majestic Preston Castle.  Experience the history and feel the sensation of the past.  Attendees will sample fine wines, poured by 15 different wineries, from commemorative Preston Castle wine glasses.
Sip a glass of wine, enjoy a variety of gourmet hors d'oeuvres, and listen to live music on the patio where the food will be served, and in Wine Cellar where the wineries will be pouring. The up and coming band, After Hours, will be performing on the courtyard. Their unique selection of R&B, Jazz, and Funk will delight listeners in the audience as well as the dancers in the crowd.  Local favorite Manny Sosa will be providing wonderful wine tasting music in the cellar.  Also, you will be able to take a self-guided tour of the public areas in the Castle, where docents will be on hand to answer your questions.
This is the 12th Annual Preston Castle Wine Tasting and Tour.  It continues to be one of Amador County's premier wine events, and is always a sellout, so get your tickets now!
Participating Wineries include:
Amador Cellars, Bella Grace, Bray, Drytown, Karmere, Prospect Cellars, Scott Harvey, Sera Fina, Sobon, Story, Tanis, TKC, Terra d’Oro, Vino Noceto, Wine Tree Farm.
Tickets, $40, available online at www.prestoncastle.com
WHAT:        Preston Castle Wine Tasting and Tour
PRICE:        $40  (Advance sales only)
WHO:          Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation
                    Jerry Funderburgh, Chairperson
WHERE:      Preston Castle, 900 Palm Drive, Ione, CA, 35 miles southeast of Sacramento, CA off Hwy 104 in Ione
WHEN:           Saturday, September 10, 2015, 3 pm to 6 pm
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 obtain our own water and sewer connections.  To help raise money for this important project, the Foundation sponsors several fund raising events throughout the year.
In addition to the upcoming Wine Tasting and Tour on September 10, we will hold the exciting ParaCon on September 16 & 17, the scary and spooky Preston Castle Haunt the three weekends prior to Halloween, Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29, and a holiday fair/bazaar called Olde Tyme Christmas on December 10.

Help Save The Castle, and learn more about our history, events, and tours by visiting www.prestoncastle.com.  All contributions are tax deductible.