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Sutter's Fort

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Sutter's Fort state Historic Park is a national historic landmark located in Sacramento, California. The fort was built by a Swiss Immigrant John Sutter in 1839 and was originally called "New Helvetia". The fort was an agriculture empire and is associated with the Donner party, and the California gold rush. Sutter's fort displays a unique collection of early California artifacts through exhibits and programs. Several hiking and biking trails pass through the historic park. The park is open everyday and all through the year for tours.

Things to Do

  • Sutter's Fort displays some wonderful exhibits depicting the early life in California. See artifacts from the gold rush era.
  • The museum collection contains John Sutter's personal items including, lamp, German prayer book, opera glasses, and other items.
  • View rare and unique artifacts, including Gold dust, pistol, pen holder, a violin, the Patty Reed Lewis collection, and the Covell Inman diary.
  • See artifacts owned by James Marshall, he discovered gold at Sutter's fort in 1848.
  • Visitors can take self-guided or guided tours of the museum. See live demonstrations and enactments by actors during the Summer. See artists dressed in period clothes making crafts of the early 19th century.
  • Several picnic areas to enjoy a family picnic.
  • The museum shop stocks gifts, toys and apparel.

Sutter's Fort Insider Tips

  • Restrooms and drinking water are available.
  • Wear good walking shoes.

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