Personal Documentary | Catching Up II

I find it more difficult to find activities that my children will enjoy going to. It was so easy when they were little, as many events were geared towards keeping little ones entertained. Unfortunately, my children have outgrown many of those events. It's a wonderful thing when I find something that both of them want to go to, and much more, enjoy. 

I discovered that the Marshall Gold Discovery Park in Coloma CA open up some of their buildings for visitors one day a year. This year they opened the buildings on December 9. 

The Marshall Gold Discovery Park is one that I've been to several times. There are plenty of history events that happen here, such as a History Live for Homeschoolers in the fall. The buildings there are maintained as honestly as possible and walking into the area makes you feel like you are stepping into the Gold Rush days.

When you visit during the summer, you get a real sense of what it was like to live there as you imagine living in homes without air conditioning. You get the same sense of discomfort when you visit during the winter and you remember that not all miners lived in well made (and well maintained) homes, similar to the ones on display. 

I hope you enjoy the photos below! We had the time (not enough!) to visit just half of the homes available to see. I hope to attend this event again next year (and go earlier) to see the rest =)

 A donkey at Coloma during the Christmas season
 The old schoolhouse in the Marshall Gold Discovery Park in Coloma CA

The old schoolhouse in the Marshall Gold Discovery Park in Coloma CA

 My daughter was given permission to play something on the piano in the Old Schoolhouse. I joke that it is her first public performance. 
 My children running to St. John's Church

My children running to St. John's Church

 A blacksmith docent at the blacksmith shop where they make everything from horseshoes to home decorations. 

A blacksmith docent at the blacksmith shop where they make everything from horseshoes to home decorations. 

 A blacksmith shop

Claire Toney is a Sacramento Photographer located in Rancho Cordova CA. She enjoys documenting her family's life & wishes that childhood lasted just a little while longer.