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An 'Old Time Holiday' In The Parks

By | 11/23/2013

Have yourself an 'Old Time Holiday' on December 7th, courtesy of the National Park Service and California State Parks! Follow in the footsteps of miners who in 1849, after preparing a holiday meal in Shasta, traveled to Whiskeytown to share their food and cheer! Visit the Shasta State Historic Park and the Tower House Historic District in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, both located just west of Redding along Highway 299.

To passing motorists, Shasta State Historic Park is a curious stretch of brick ruins, but those who stop to stretch their legs and look around discover a fascinating pocket of American history. For the Old Time Holiday celebration, Western Star Lodge No. 2, the oldest Masonic Lodge in California, is serving a delicious breakfast available for purchase from 7:30 am to 11:00 am. The park will offer free entrance into the restored 1861 courthouse and museum, and exploring at the Litsch General Store. A special exhibit on California State Parks 150th anniversary, "A Gift from the People to the People," will highlight the Department's historic milestones, diversity, and the role they play in California's history. Other activities will feature a '49er miner's tent camp, candle making, musical entertainment and activities for all ages from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Take a short drive up the road to the Camden House in Whiskeytown's Tower House Historic District. Built in 1852, it was home to prospectors and pioneers and a respite for gold rush travelers. For the Old Time Holiday festivities, families are invited to make a free wreath for someone special or to take home for the holidays. Other holiday craft activities will be offered for visitors of all ages, as well as live music by local favorites, the Old Time Fiddlers and Sweet Adelines. In addition, visitors can learn the fascinating stories of the families who settled here in 1852 by touring the homestead and the adjacent historic orchards.

In addition, Western National Parks Association is having a 15% off sale on books and souvenirs all day at the Whiskeytown Visitor Center. There are many new nature-related gifts available at the park store, and this is a great way to support our parks while doing your holiday shopping.

It's not every day you get to celebrate the holidays gold-miner style! Details on all events are at

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