In the heart of Midtown Sacramento, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park captures the pioneer spirit of families arriving in wagon trains at the dawn of the California Gold Rush. John Sutter built the Fort and his agricultural empire, was critical in the rescue of the tragic Donner Party and served as a diplomat with the Mexican government until it all came crashing down in 1848. A fascinating place to visit for history field trips, kids and adults!
 

April 11-13, 2014

 

Traders Faire

 

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May 17, 2014

 

Hands on History: Sutter’s Fort in 1846: A Community of Many Faces

 

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Events and Exhibits

  

April 11 – 13, 2014 (10:00 to 5:00)

 

 

  

  

 

May 17, 2014 (10:00 – 5:00)

 

$7 per adult (18 and older), $5.00 per youth (ages 6-17), free for children 5 years and under

 

Hands on History: Sutter’s Fort in 1846: A Community of Many Faces

 

The Gold Rush of 1849 brought tens of thousands of people to California from all over the world. But even before the first gold seekers arrived, Sutter’s Fort was already a melting pot of ethnic, social and cultural diversity. On May 18th, the volunteers of Sutter’s Fort and invited guests will honor and celebrate the diversity of the Fort before the Gold Rush. For more information, please call (916) 445-4422, or visit www.suttersfort.org. June 21, 2014 (10:00 – 5:00) Event Sutter’s Fort SHP $7 per adult (18 and older), $5.00 per youth (ages 6-17), free for children 5 years and under

 

  

 

June 21, 2014 (10:00 – 5:00)

$7 per adult (18 and older), $5.00 per youth (ages 6-17), free for children 5 years and under

 

Hands on History: War in California!

 

In 1846, Mexican California was in a continuous state of political unrest and threats from foreign powers were a constant menace. The English Navy was anxious to have a good seaport on the Pacific Coast and kept warships in the area; French emissaries had approached John Sutter for an alliance; United State President James Polk was espousing the concept of “Manifest destiny” and the dream that the U.S. would extend from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans. The turmoil reached an apex in June of 1846, when as many as five flags may have had a turn flying over Sutter’s Fort. Join us for an exciting day of scavenger hunts for history and demonstrations of black powder weapons. Hear debates about which alliance Sutter and the Fort should take in the conflict; find out which five flags may have flown over the Fort. For more information, please call (916) 445-4422 or visit www.suttersfort.org.

 

  

 

July 19, 2014 (10:00 – 5:00)

 

$7 per adult (18 and older), $5.00 per youth (ages 6-17), free for children 5 years and under

 

Hands on History: Mining the Miners: Sutter’s Fort and the Gold Rush

 

“There’s gold in them thar hills!” was the cry echoed around the world in 1849 and precipitated the largest, unforced migration in the history of humanity. People from everywhere descended on the lightly populated and ungoverned land of California and their primary destination was Sutter’s Fort, before they started their quest for the treasured and ephemeral gold. The most profitable game in town, however, became “mining the miners.” As for John Sutter, he was not able to profit from the Gold Rush; it instead destroyed his empire. Learn who did get rich off the Gold Rush and learn how and why some folks were able to succeed when others failed. For more information, please call (916) 445-4422 or visit www.suttersfort.org.

 

 

  

August 16, 2014 (10:00 – 5:00)

 

$7 per adult (18 and older), $5.00 per youth (ages 6-17), free for children 5 years and under

 

Hands on History: 175th Anniversary Celebration

 

September 20, 2014 (10:00 – 5:00) Event Sutter’s Fort SHP $7 per adult (18 and older), $5.00 per youth (ages 6-17), free for children 5 years and under Hands on History – Harvest: The Real Gold in California

 

When John Sutter arrived in California in 1839, his dream was to build an agricultural empire that would encompass all of the Sacramento Valley, filling it with ranchers, who owed fealty to Sutter and had to buy all their supplies from his trading post. Unfortunately, the Gold Rush crushed Sutter’s dream by re-routing the water courses without a thought for environmental damage and mountains reduced to gravel by hydraulic mining, all of which left tons of dredge tailings on the fertile soil. It took many years for California’s agricultural industry to recover, but we eventually achieved the agricultural prominence about which Sutter had dreamed. Join us and be part of life during harvest time at the Fort. If you were injured during the harvest, how were you treated? For more information, please call (916) 445-4422, or visit us at www.suttersfort.org.

 

 

  

September 20, 2014 (6:30 – 9:00) 

 

“Feast at the Fort”

 

A fundraiser for the Friends of Sutter's Fort, Sacramento's innovative Farm to Fork chefs create a very special dinner featuring a different focus every year.   For more information please call (916) 323-7626 or visit www.suttersfort.org.

 

  

 

October 24 – 25, 2014 (6:30 – 9:00) 

 

The Haunted Fort

 

Sutter’s Fort, once a portal for weary pioneers, again serves as the gateway to their restless spirits, who return to tell the tales of their lives and melancholy deaths at this special family friendly event. Tours leave every 10 minutes; tickets available one month prior at www.suttersfort.org. For more information please call (916) 323-7626.