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!


3/11 and 5/13: Girl Scouts

Playing the Past at Sutter's Fort

March 11 and May 13, 2017

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, reservationas 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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3/18 - Hands on History - Hard Working Women of the Frontier

Sutter’s Fort to Present “Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” on 3/18

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities each month,  Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” event on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 experience what life was like for pioneer women in California’s early history. Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear from special guest Cheryl Stapp, historian and author of The Stagecoach in Northern California. During presentations at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Cheryl will preview her new book about Mary Sinclair, one of the first and most mysterious women in the Sacramento Valley and Sutter’s closest neighbor. Cheryl will also be available to sign copies of her books, available for purchase in the Fort Trade Store.  

Fort visitors will realize that emigrant women did not live lives of leisure and were vital economic partners in families.  In fact, many pioneer women set up their own businesses selling eggs, milk, or baked goods to neighbors and travelers. Fort guests will enjoy Dutch oven cooking demonstrations that include the sampling of bread from a recipe that dates back to the 1840s, smoked jerky, and more. Guests will also be able to see projects underway in the blacksmith and carpenter shops and, of course, popular demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  

Admission to Sutter’s Fort SHP costs $7 per adult (18 and older), $5 per youth (ages 6 to 17) and is free for children 5 and under.


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



Open 10 a.m. To 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving,
Christmas and
New Year's Day
Adult Admission: $5
Youth Admission: $3 (Ages 6-17)
Children 5 and Under Free

On special interpretive
program days fees are
$7 for adults and $5 for youth

Prices subject to change,
please contact Sutter’s Fort
for most current pricing