Continuing a series of popular, interactive and fun Hands on History activities offered each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special Hands on History: By Land and By Sea.
Fort visitors will be delighted to see the recently completed restoration of the historic walls, gates, and blacksmith shop plus have the opportunity to step back in time to the 1840s to understand the two different ways emigrants originally came to California — by land or by sea — while sharing the unique challenges they faced and what daily life was like during their journeys. In fact, Sutter’s Fort was once home to sailors who “jumped ship,” trappers who became overland trail guides because of the failing fur trade, wagon train parties looking for a new life, and soldiers who served in the Mexican-American War and whose services were terminated in California – 3,000 miles from their homes in the east.
Fort guests will hear the amazing tales of adventure and survival these nomads experienced on the journeys and enjoy participating in daily activities of the different skills and trades they used in their new California home. A few of the special hands-on activities awaiting Fort visitors include helping to pack a wagon while making choices about what to bring along for their journey of a lifetime, determining latitude with a sailing sextant, hoisting a laden barrel, weaving rope, learning simple knots, creating maps with available resources, joining the Navy, and even marching around the Fort with the NY Volunteer fife and drum corps. Of course, popular demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon.
Youths (Ages 6-17) $5
Children (Ages 5 and under) Free
Phone: (916) 445-4422