Travel by land and sea

By From page B7 | February 15, 2013

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park will present a special “Hands on History: By Land and By Sea” event on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Through exciting demonstrations and fun hands-on activities, docents will help fort visitors understand the two different ways emigrants originally came to California — by land or by sea — while sharing the unique challenges they faced and what daily life was like during their journeys.

As an event highlight, the Mexican-American war fife and drum corps will be visiting Sutter’s Fort SHP to take part in special activities that include a visually-exciting flag raising ceremony, marching demonstrations and more.

Multiple hands-on activities await fort visitors as they will help pack a wagon or trunk, make choices about what to bring along for their “journey of a lifetime,” learn how to use a nautical compass, hoist a laden barrel, weave rope and simple knots, create maps with available resources, and even join the Navy and receive pay in Stonington Bank $2 bills.

Sutter’s Fort is located at 2701 L St. in Sacramento. Fort hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. Cannon firing demonstrations are held at 11 a.m., 1 and  3 p.m.with musket demonstrations periodically throughout the day.Tickets are $7 per adult, $5 per youth ages 6-17, free for children 5 years and under.

For more information about this special “Hands on History” event or other events and activities at Sutter’s Fort call 916-445-4422 or visit

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