TIME MACHINE TO THE OLD WEST
Relive the Life of the Westward Voyagers of Long Ago:
In Nevada County, California, the family-owned Smith & Smith Ranch is periodically transformed into the OLD SIERRA PIONEER & MOUNTAIN MAN CAMP. The location is perfect to get your entire family into the mood to re-create an Old West weekend. The wagon ruts of a spur of the Emigrant Trail can still be seen near the encampment, as well as evidence of Maidu Indian camps.
So here you are at the Ranch. First, everyone must go into the ranch house for the physical transformation. Clothing is provided that puts you right into the 1850's on the rugged frontier.
Once everyone is "got up" in his and her shawls, bonnets, hats and work shirts, it's all aboard the covered wagon for the ride to the camp.
The members hosting you at an Old Sierra Pioneer weekend have had years of experience re-creating the times and lifestyles of the mountain life, gold-mining camps and early settlements. The tents, lean-tos and campfires are pretty much the way they would have been 150 years ago.
There are stories and mountain lore, handicrafts and handwork galore--buggy rides and wide open spaces for the little ones to run around under an open sky. All the families get to know each other pretty well by the end of the camp, and perhaps a few will be drawn to join a re-creation group near their own homes.
Food always tastes better outdoors, but beef stew from an iron pot over a campfire and homemade apple pie are especially good and make for fine sleeping in the camp.
This is private property and a privately-run camp which reflects the Christian convictions of the owners. Expect a circuit-riding preacher on Sunday morning, blessings at every meal and old-fashioned hymns.
OLD SIERRA PIONEER & MOUNTAIN MEN DAYS schedule is available from the Old Sierra Pioneers. There are other events at the site around the year.
Old Sierra Pioneer & Mountain Men Days
8675 Valley Road
Lincoln, California 95648
OTHER RE-ENACTMENTS & EXHIBITS IN THE AREA:
Donner Memorial State Park near Truckee - August
Draft Horse Classic at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley - September
Beckwourth Days in Marysville - September/October|
Bed and Breakfast Inns