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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
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Coloma's Historic Holiday Houses
Come celebrate with us as we combine Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park's two holiday events, Christmas in Coloma with our Historic Holiday Houses event Saturday November 29th and Sunday November 30th 2014, 10am – 4pm. Thirteen of the parks buildings that are normally closed will be open and decorated for the holidays. Docents will be at each house to tell the history of the building and there will be refreshments served at certain houses to get you in the holiday mood! Wristbands to be able to visit the houses will be sold for $7.00 per person (5 and under is free). We will also have wreath making, cookie decorating, wagon rides, music, and of course Santa, please enjoy this part of the event by paying your parking/park day use fee of $8.00 per car. For more information please call (530) 622-3470.
We Are Open
Marshall Gold Discovery SHP is undergoing some construction to bring parts of the park up to date and also to build a new Sawmill Replica closer to the original mill site. We are very excited about the final products but know that all the construction can make it look like the park is closed. WE ARE STILL OPEN! The museum is also open, please follows the directional signs to reach the museum entrance.
The World Rushed In
James W. Marshall discovered gold in 1848 on the South Fork of the American River in the valley the Nisenan Indians knew as Cullumah. This event led to the greatest mass movement of people in the Western Hemisphere and was the spark that ignited the spectacular growth of the West during the ensuing decades. The gold discovery site, located in the still visible tailrace of Sutter's sawmill, in present day Coloma California, is one of the most significant historic sites in the nation.
James W. Marshall found shining flecks of gold in the tailrace of the sawmill he was building for himself and John Sutter. This discovery in 1848 changed the course of California's and the nation's history. See a replica of the original sawmill and over 20 historic buildings including mining, house, school, and store exhibits.
Visitors have the opportunity to try panning for gold in the American River and enjoy hikes and picnics under the riparian oak woodlands. Overlooking the beautiful river canyon, where the gold discoverer rests today, see California's first historic monument, the statue of James Marshall pointing at his gold discovery site .
Come participate in tours or special events, see exhibits and "Living History Days" planned regularly throughout the year; contact the Gold Discovery Museum and Visitor Center for details. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is proud to now offer the Eureka Experience school and group programs, and gold panning lessons for park visitors.
Gold Discovery Tour
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is pleased to now offer visitors a guided walking tour! Come experience the Gold Discovery Tour. This tour will tell the story and view the sites of what The Coloma Valley was like before James Marshall's gold discovery, the events leading up to his incidental discovery, and the history of the California Gold Rush and town of Coloma. Tours are $3.00 per adult and $2.00 per child.
In the case of extreme weather, tours are subject to being cancelled for the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and the public.
Living History Days at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP
Every second Saturday of each month we offer our Living History days to visitors. The park will be filled with docents dressed in period clothing roaming the park or set up at stations for demonstrations. From rope making, to candle dipping, dutch oven cooking, sawmill wood workers and games from the past, you will feel like you have stepped back in the time!
Living History Day's are the second Saturday of each month from 10:00am-3:00pm. Due to extreme weather Living History Day's may be cancelled, please call the museum at (530) 622-3470 to check ahead of time.
Group Reservations 2013-2014
Check school and group information page for change in reservation dates and procedures.
School and Group Information
Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.
The park is located in Coloma on Highway 49 between Placerville and Auburn.
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