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.
Room for visitors
The move not only allows a better look at the 162-year-old building, but provides more room for hosting events in the Marsh Creek State Historic Park. Last year, the Trust began hosting fourth-grade educational field trips in the park, and in recent years has conducted public events such as hikes, artist access days, and an annual Heritage Day celebration in October.
“Our 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.
Fundraising moves ahead
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.