Monday, April 1, 2019

Preston Castle Opening Day - Sat Apr 6

IONE, CA - The Daffodils are blooming, spring is here. With the opening of the beautiful spring flowers in Amador County also comes the opening of Tour Season at Preston Castle. The Historic Docents have had a few months to rest up and get ready for another amazing season.Tours will run Saturdays, April 6 thru August 31. Our public tour days will offer both self-guided tours, 10am to 12pm, and 3 guided tours starting at 1pm, leaving at 30 minute intervals. Self-guided tours give our guests the opportunity to view the Castle at their own pace. Informed docents are placed on each floor to help guide our guests through the three available floors. Guided tours add a more personal touch and usually take an hour to complete. We also offer a virtual tour for those with mobility restrictions.

Last season some of our volunteers adopted rooms to be staged. The staged rooms will be dusted and ready to welcome visitors. Each room has been furnished and decorated to emulate an era when the Castle was at its grandest. As you move through the Castle you will get a sense of what it was like to live and work at the Preston School of Industry. The Foundation has also added several historic pieces to our ever growing museum for history buffs young and old. Please come visit, fall in love, and if compelled, become a part of our amazing team of volunteers.

Preston Castle Tours
Self-guided: $15, $10 under 12, free under 5
Guided:  $20, $15 under 12, free under 5
Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation
Preston Castle, 900 (end of) Palm Dr., Ione, CA
35 miles southeast of Sacramento, CA off HWY 104 in Ione
Saturdays, April through August

About Preston Castle Foundation
The strikingly beautiful Romanesque style Preston Castle, on a hill in Ione, was actually the administration building for the Preston School of Industry, the first major attempt in California at rehabilitating, instead of just impris­­­oning, young offenders.  Opened in 1894, the Preston School of Industry became a leader in the juvenile prison reform movement by giving convicted boys a real chance at life by educating them not only in academics, but in all of the useful trades of the time.  Closed in 1960, when the Preston Youth Authority moved into a new administration building down the hill, the Preston Castle was left to deteriorate due to weather, vandalism, and general neglect.  It now serves as a vacant, but vitally important landmark for Ione, Amador County, and the Motherlode.  It is a California State Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Mission of the Preston Castle Foundation is to preserve, rehabilitate, and utilize the historic Preston Castle site.  We are proud of the fact that the State of California has deeded the title for the Castle, four other buildings, and surrounding 13 acres of land, to the Preston Castle Foundation. Fundraising events are held throughout the season to raise funds for this important project.

Castle Tours are available on Saturdays, April through August.  Check the website for specific dates. 

Help Save The Castle and learn more about the history, events, and tours by visiting  All contributions are tax deductible.

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