In the heart of Midtown Sacramento, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park captures the pioneer spirit of families arriving in wagon trains at the dawn of the California Gold Rush. John Sutter built the Fort and his agricultural empire, was critical in the rescue of the tragic Donner Party and served as a diplomat with the Mexican government until it all came crashing down in 1848. A fascinating place to visit for history field trips, kids and adults!

08/19: Frontier Medicine, Hands on History Event

Hands on History: Frontier Medicine
August 19th -- 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

$7 per adult, $5 per youth (ages 6-17) and is free for Friends of Sutter's Fort members and children under five.
Continuing a series of fun and interactive "Hands on History" activities each month, the Friends of Sutter's Fort and Sutter's Fort State Historic Park are pleased to present a special "Hands on History: Frontier Medicine - Sacramento's First Hospital." 
As part of this special "Hands on History" event, Fort guests will be treated to demonstrations provided by several physicians and a midwife showing many aspects of 19th-century medicine, including dentistry and homeopathic cures. Fort docents will also lead demonstrations where visitors can get involved and participate as "volunteer victims" to learn more about Gold Rush era medicine and practices. During this exciting day, interested Fort guests will also be treated to a special presentation in the on-site Distillery and black powder weaponry in action:
  • At 11:15 and 1:15 p.m., Dr. Bob LaPerriere, Curator, SSVMS Museum of Medical History, will deliver a presentation about Gold Rush-era medicine.
  • Witness the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter's cannon at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

2701 L Street
Sacramento CA, 95816
(916) 445-4422

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Open 10 a.m. To 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving,
Christmas and
New Year's Day
Adult Admission: $5
Youth Admission: $3 (Ages 6-17)
Children 5 and Under Free

On special interpretive
program days fees are
$7 for adults and $5 for youth

Prices subject to change,
please contact Sutter’s Fort
for most current pricing