Once a Gold Rush town, El Dorado County holds the El Dorado County Historical Museum that takes you on a journey through history with several exhibits and artifacts.

Artifacts from the Maidu, Washie and Miwok tribes are present, located in this county before and after the Gold Rush. Several of their woven baskets and grinding rocks are on display, along with others that will show how they lived and survived in this area.

Tools and equipment (like gold pans and stamp mills) used during the Gold Rush are available to view as well as a rare wheelbarrow from John Studebaker. Guests can take a train ride through the gorgeous scenery as well!

As gold became harder to find in the area, the town needed to find new ways to make a living and survive. So workers traded in their gold pans and began to cultivate vineyards, farms, fruit orchards, and ranches. The town slowly began to evolve into the wonderful community we now know.

Learn the details of this and so much more in this by visiting the museum. You can take docent-led tours that will give you in-depth knowledge and stories about the artifacts you see. You can also look up ancestors to learn about your own family history.

The museum is a great place to spend an afternoon near El Dorado homes. Come take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn all about the history of this beautiful area.