Just to the east of Folsom is the prison that has a small museum in a house near the front entrance. It has a lot of items that were confiscated from prisoners, plus the history of this infamous prison. The prison opened in 1880 and was then a maximum security prison for the rough and tough types that came west for gold, or fortune however they got it. There were 93 hangings over 42 years in the prison, and today is holds 2900 prisoners, which a medium security now. The granite walls were constructed in 1920's by inmates, after a number of escapes/attempts. It still looks like they could get out easily enough in my opinion.
The cells original were 4 by 8 feet and only a small 6 inch eye slot in the cell door, no windows, and they were seldom let out for fresh air. Many got respiratory problems, so the cell door opening made wider and door drilled holes
- Museum Visits
- Arts and Culture
There is a section of old town Folsom about two blocks long that is for tourism and shopping. A nice little area that has been redone. The Folsom museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 11-4PM and admission is $4. The tour is not a lot and has a number of cardboard displays instead of actual artifacts of the period
- Museum Visits
Just outside of town and off of the Auburn-Grass Valley Highway is a nice little winery. It is called the Mount Vernon Winery and it is owned by Jim & Lynda Taylor and winemaker Ryan Taylor.
The winery has been in existence since 1996 and sits on Mount Vernon Road about a 1.5 miles off of Highway 49. There is a very nice tasting room that is a 1950 era restored milk house. There are all fields of grapes and nice views on both sides of the property. There also appears to be the owners home adjacent to the tasting room.
Mount Vernon Winery claims to be the largest and oldest winery in Placer County since Prohibition. Grapes grown include Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah Port, Barbera, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gold Country Nectar and a Sur-lie Chardonnay. Their menu indicates that they currently have 16 wines.
They offer free wine tasting. Their wine however is not cheap. Prices per bottle appear to average $ 20 to $ 45 a bottle. When I was there I did not taste any wines because I was alone and driving.
The only wine I have sampled at home from Mt. Vernon is their "Girly Man," which is a Petite Sarah and Syrah blend. It was a very good wine.
The Winery and Tasting Room is open Thursday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visit our friendly winery where you can relax and savor the true taste of our success!
Phone: Phone (530) 823-1111
In 1848, John Marshall stood on the bank of the American River at a mill that he and John Sutter were building. Looking into the cold, clear water, he noticed specks of gold dust. And the rest is history.
A replica of Sutter's original mill is at the site. It's also a good place for a moderate hike. Tour the historic buildings at the park. This is a great place for a day trip, or a stop.
It's on Hwy 49, about halfway between Auburn and Placerville.
- Hiking and Walking
- Historical Travel
If you visit Julie and Jo they have a beautiful place here with a creek just "out back", it was wonderful to wander through their woods and encounter the small waterfalls and pools formed there.
At Julie's Creek we caught these two dragonflies doing their thing and they were so occupied with what they were doing they let me "sneak up" and get a pretty good pic. This is one of those times you wish that you had a truly professional camera with a high resolution and zoooooooooooom lens.
- Hiking and Walking