One event on June 13, 2017 at 10:00am
One event on July 11, 2017 at 10:00am
One event on August 8, 2017 at 10:00am
One event on December 9, 2017 at 10:00am
Enjoy a self-guided 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.
Self-Guided Tour Tickets: $10/adult $5/ages 12 & under (free under 5) A virtual tour is also available for guest with difficulty climbing chairs on all tour days. Virtual Tour Tickets: $5/all ages