Thursday Jun 21 2012
Step back in time at Folsom Pioneer Village
By: Don Chaddock, Folsom Lake Entertainer
Folsom Lake Entertainer
FOLSOM CA - Located on Wool Street between Sutter and Leidesdorff streets, sits an area where time stands still. Folsom Pioneer Village, run by the Folsom History Museum, is a living history park complete with a blacksmith, cabin and a 1944 caboose. Melissa Pedroza, with the museum, says the volunteer-based park is funded entirely by private donations. ?There is a working blacksmith forge and a gold mining trough in which we teach how to pan for gold,? she said. The site also features artifacts from Folsom?s gold mining days and a replica of a pioneer cabin as well as farming artifacts that go back to the horse-drawn wagon days. ?There is Ashland Station, which is the oldest freight station west of the Mississippi, and was used in the Sacramento Valley Railroad phase,? she said. ?It?s like stepping back into time if you don?t count the cement walkway. ... There are lots of old trees that shade the area. It is a pleasant walk back into the old days.? It is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. -4 p.m., most weeks, depending on availability of volunteers. Visit folsomhistorymuseum.org for more information.