The Friends of Sutter’s Fort is a nonprofit 501 c 3 organization dedicated to the enhancement, preservation and protection of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, and educational and interpretive programs at the park. We are a Cooperating Association for California State Parks since 2006, although the history of our organization can be traced back to 1979.

11/18: Evening Candlelight Tours



Once a year, the popular Sutter’s Fort Candlelight Tours offer a unique experience for visitors to “eavesdrop” on inhabitants of Fort rooms as they gossip about their neighbors and comment on the current events of 1846. A behind the scenes look at the faces of those who saw opportunity or possible devastation in their new homes, husbands debating with wives, mothers reassuring their children, tradesmen negotiating business, all surrounded by the night which allows us to truly travel back in time.  At the end of the enchanting tour, guests will receive a souvenir and enjoy a piece of pie and hot beverage.

Candlelight Tours is on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017.

Tours depart every 10 minutes between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m and cost $17 per person. The recommended age is 9 and above.

Due to the popularity of the Candlelight Tours, advance reservations are recommended.

For more information about this special evening event or Sutter’s Fort SHP in general, please call 916-445-8115 or visit www.suttersfort.org.

More about the tour:

  • The program consists of a series of scenarios both in the rooms and courtyards of the Fort. You will be present as a ghost from the future. The programs participants cannot see or hear you. Essentially, you will be eavesdropping on an evening's conversations and doings from November 1846. The program's language is rated PG-13 and may be a bit spicy for young ears.
  •  The event will take place regardless of weather. Please come prepared if there is rain.
  • Each tour lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours. The Fort grounds are very dark and for safety it is important that groups stay together. Fort footing is uneven in places. Your guide will be carrying a lantern and will point out known hazards. Restrooms are available before or after your tour as there are no stops during the program.
  • Tickets are non-refundable or transferable. Please check-in at the South Gate of the Fort (located on L Street) at least 5 minutes before your scheduled tour time. If you are not present, your spot may be given waitlisted guests. Please be on time as each tour is limited in size and cannot accommodate additional guests.
  • This program benefits The Friends of Sutter's Fort, a 501(c)(3), which supports the historic programming, restoration, and preservation at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park.

 Purchase your tickets today! 

11/11: Playing the Past, Girl Scout Program

Playing the Past at Sutter's Fort

Sutter's Fort presents Scouts at the Fort in November, January, March and May.  A wonderful 2.5 hour program designed to fulfill the requirements of the Girl Scouts "Playing the Past" badge, girls will learn about what their lives would have been like at Sutter's Fort.  Games, clothing, chores and wagon travel will all be explored.  An outstanding addition to the 4th grade California History curriculum.  For more information, reservations are required.

Program typically runs for 10 am - 12:30 pm.  $15 per scout includes the Playing the Past badge and admission for one scout and one adult.  Siblings may attend, subject to standard admission charges at the gate.  Attendees may attend as individuals - they do not need to be a part of a troop.

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10/27 and 10/28: Haunted Fort

Friends of Sutter’s Fort are pleased to present our annual “The Haunted Fort” lantern-lit walking tours. Based in fact -- but with a decidedly creepy twist -- the historic site will offer these special tour on two-evenings only on October 27 & 28, 2017.

Sutter’s Fort SHP was once a portal for weary pioneers and serves as the gateway to their restless spirits, who return to tell the tales of their lives and melancholy deaths at this special event. During these walking tours, daring visitors will visit darkened rooms and hear unusual and intriguing tales of how some of California’s early pioneers perished throughout history.

Please note that this is not a horror house and your travels through the Fort rooms can be uneven.  

This is not an opportunity for paranormal investigation and will not be permitted.  Guests who bring paranormal equipment on tours will be not be allowed to continue and tickets will not be refunded.  Thank you for your understanding.

Tickets for Haunted Fort will go on sale in October. 

2701 L Street
Sacramento CA, 95816
(916) 445-4422

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