A storage container that had stood in front of John Marsh’s iconic Stone House has been relocated to the rear of the building, once again providing a straight-on view of the house that’s been blocked for more than a decade.
The 40-foot container was put in place to keep floorboards, sections of stairs and other large architectural pieces that were removed from the house during stabilization work. It was relocated to the rear of the building by State Parks and volunteeers from the John Marsh Historic Trust as part of the Trust’s effort to build an Interpretive Center (IC) in front of the building.
“The IC will allow us to open part of the park on a regular basis for the first time ever,” said Bob Jones, co-chair of the Trust board of directors. The IC will include picnic tables, a shade structure, parking, bathroom facilities and educational panels, and will be open for drop-in visits by the public at least one weekend a month to start.
The IC was originally estimated to cost $75,000 to build. So far, the Trust has raised just over $12,500, and by teaming up with State Parks to relocate the container, about $5,000 more has been saved.
If you’d like to contribute to the effort, please use the PayPal link at the top of this page, or mail a check to JMHT, P.O. Box 1682, Brentwood, CA, 94513.