Thursday, May 3, 2018

Preston Castle Yard Sale - May 11 & 12

IONE, CA - This is the Second annual Preston Castle Foundation Yard Sale! Donations made to the PCF for this sale go back to the Castle restoration and preservation, 100%. The sale is Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, from 8 am to 4 pm at the Colonial Building grounds. Self-guided tours of the Castle will be available on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.

This year's Preston Castle Yard Sale is bigger and better than ever! Donations from generous members and admirers include big name collectibles (Fenton, Cutco, and Princess) and daily needed items like a George Foreman grill and other kitchen appliances.  Things range from antiques to novelty to yard ornamentation  A large variety of items including furniture, kitchen, bath, clothing, toys, books, home decor, and office supplies are just a few of the things up for grabs! No reasonable offer denied and assistance will be there to help load your wagon!

Don't miss a chance to own a treasure and help the Foundation in its mission of restoration, preservation and education of this magnificent state and national historic place locals and visitors lovingly call "The Castle".  The grounds around the Colonial are easily accessible.

This is also Ione Homecoming weekend with festivities around town, highlighted by the annual parade.

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 have just finished the installation of new gutters and downspouts on the Annex portion of the Castle, and we are planning additional preservation and rehabilitation projects.  To help raise money for these important projects, the Foundation sponsors several fund raising events throughout the year. 

The Preston Castle Yard Sale is the first event of 2018 for the Preston Castle Foundation, along with a new event called Plays on the Patio, which takes place Saturday night May 12 on the Preston Castle patio.  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  All contributions are tax deductible.

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