175th anniversary of Sutter’s landing to be celebrated at fort

08/14/2014 4:00 PM

08/15/2014 4:40 PM

Inside the white adobe walls of Sutter’s Fort, routine ensues. A wagon hauls riders through the main gate to greet the early morning sun. Butter is being churned. Bread is baking. A blacksmith begins his work on a dutch oven requested by the cooks in a nearby kitchen.

It’s an average day – in the mid 19th century.

On Saturday, visitors can relive aspects of early Sacramento history. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park will come alive with tours, presentations and docents in action to celebrate the anniversary of the arrival of the fort’s founder, Capt. John Sutter, on the banks of the Sacramento River in 1839.

“When you step into the fort … you’re basically experiencing what pioneer life was like back then,” said Mindy Orosco, the park’s education program manager.

Visitors can experience demonstrations throughout the year as part of the park’s monthly “Hands On History” series, but the 175th commemoration of Sutter’s arrival brings everything together in one place and time, Orosco said.

Visitors will intermingle with actors who will be dressed the part. Vaqueros will make leather. Under a shady tree, women in hand-sewn dresses will set up wheels to spin yarn. Every so often, visitors will hear the firing of a musket and the replica cannon.

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