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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