Before gold was discovered at his mill in Coloma, Sacramento pioneer John Sutter aimed to create a farming empire in the Sacramento Valley. In 1848 he amassed thousands of sheep, cows, horses and mules and grew wheat, grapes and melons -- much of it lost when the hordes of gold seekers flooded into the region. The next Hands on History program honors the state's agricultural past with docent demonstrations of corn shucking, threshing, winnowing and grinding wheat, as well as goat milking, spinning, wool weaving, rope making and property branding. Visitors will also see how frontier doctors treated cuts and bruises. Kids can earn a coloring book by completing a history hunt.
Coinciding with this “Hands on History” event is “ Feast at the Fort,” the museum’s anual fundrasier featuring a lavish, four-course dinner prepared by some of the region’s popular restaurants. Guests will watch chefs from Café Vinoteca, Hock Farm Craft & Provisions, Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co., Mulvaney’s B&L and Ten22 Restaurant as they prepare their dishes in the Fort’s historic kitchen, bakery and outdoor pits. This year’s culinary theme is “Cooking with Chocolate.” And locally-produced wine and beer will be paired with the courses. Celebrity emcee KFPK’s Kitty O’Neal and live period music will round out the entertainment.
Seating is limited at the evening program. You can reserve a spot and purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets.