Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Preston Castle Olde Tyme Christmas - Sat Dec 8

Preston Castle Olde Tyme Christmas
Saturday, December 8, 10 am to 4 pm

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 special items.  This is a great place to take care of much of your holiday gift list.

25+ vendors will be indoors in the basement area of the Castle (NOTE: All vendor spaces are sold out).

Santa will be available for your wish lists and photos, starting at Noon, and carolers will be roaming around spreading Holiday Cheer.

You can take a self-guided tour inside the beautiful Castle from 10 am to 1 pm. Go up the front steps to where the tours start. There will be plenty of time to shop before and after your tour.

Due to the increasing popularity of the Preston Castle, tour tickets are required to be purchased in advance, and will probably sell out. Thank you for your understanding.  For tour tickets, go to

Castle Tour (self-guided): $15 Adult, $10 age 12 and under, age 5 and under free.

Holiday Fair/Bazaar: FREE

Preston Castle Olde Tyme Christmas
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 10 am to 4 pm
FREE for Fair, Bazaar
$15 for Day Tour (purchase in advance)
Sponsored by the Preston Castle Foundation
Donna Munson, Chairperson
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 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 2018 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 6, 2019.  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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