An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until August 19, 2017
Enjoy an informative historical tour of the magnificent Preston Castle and surrounding grounds. The strikingly beautiful Romanesque-style Preston Castle, located on a hill in Ione, was 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 juvenile prison reform movement by giving convicted boys a 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 important landmark for Ione, Amador County and the Motherlode. It is a California State Historic landmark and is on the National Register of Historical Places.
Tour Prices: $15/person $10/ages 12 & under