The 4th Annual Heritage Day is set for Oct. 21, 2017. Hosted by the John Marsh Historic Trust and California State Parks, the free event includes displays and presentations on the area’s unique and varied cultural history, a special display of antique farm tools and equipment, live music by the Brentwood Concert Band and local favorites Durt Cheap, and plenty of hands-on educational activities for kids.
New this year will be horse-drawn carriage rides around the park near the house, offered for a small suggested donation. We’ve also added a second hike; one through part of the usually closed park, and a second led by County Flood Control around the Marsh Creek Reservoir next to the Stone House.
Historical reenactor Tim Karlberg will provide insights into the life of pioneer Dr. John Marsh, and guests will have a chance to see and hear about the remarkable, 7,000-square-foot sandstone mansion he built in 1856. Learn about the latest efforts to stabilize and restore the building, take a peek inside the windows and doors, and check out a new, 3D video of the interior.
There will also be presentations by State Parks Senior Archaeologist Richard Fitzgerald on the 7,000-yearl-old archaeological site located by the house, as well as information on the entire 3,700 park, the largest historic park in the State Parks System.
Free activities for the kids will include learning to throw a lasso, digging for artifacts, grinding acorns and a chance to experience a little of what it was like to cross the country in a covered wagon.
The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hot dogs and tri-tip sandwiches will be on sale.
Admission is free, but donations to support the Trust’s on-going effort to restore the Stone House and open the park will be gratefully accepted.