October 2012 – Calaveras County Tour

Architectural Historian Judith Marvin led a fabulous NCCSAH tour of Calaveras County in October.  The tour began with a great dinner of “chicken in a barrel” at Judy’s amazing Queen Anne Style ranch house near the town of Murphys.

The next day we had perfect weather, a fascinating tour of the 1870s Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill where we had a wonderful lunch. Judy’s colleague archaeologist Julia Costello led a very insightful tour of the town that included her own house! In the afternoon we toured the Angel’s Camp Historical Museum and the town of Angel’s Camp. Then we had a delicious dinner prepared by local caterer Lila & Sage in the Hovey Winery (who provided us with many fine local wines) in Murphys.

The next day it was a real treat and surprise to see the small town of Sheep Ranch (population 37) which has the impressive 1880s Pioneer Hotel, a old dance hall (still in use) and a wonderfully weathered general store with its original 1930s gas pump.

Thank you Judy! We learned so much about Calaveras County buildings and history while having a really fun trip.

More information on the tour is included in the Calaveras Tour Newsletter