Costumed guides, on-site exhibits, and hands-on learning experiences galore, welcome to Sutter’s Fort. This fort is considered to be the oldest restored fort in the U.S, a truly great option for groups looking for important local history and cultural background. Located in Midtown Sacramento, this fort is a part of the larger Sutter’s Fort State Historical Park, a park dedicated to John Sutter’s contributions to the Sacramento area during development.
Sutter first established this spot as an ag and trade colony in the 19th century, first called New Helvetia, or new Switzerland in 1839. The colony became a go-to spot for immigrants, traders, and entrepreneurs during the time, though unfortunately it was overrun by gold seekers less than a decade after establishment. This fort is the only thing remaining from John Sutter’s empire.
You will learn more about this during your visit, as well as have the option to participate in such programs as the Environmental Living Program, a 24 hour overnight experience, or Trappers Camp, a living history activity the kids will love. There is also Scouts at the Fort and Kids Teach Kids, the total of all the options listed providing excellent options for students 3rd-12th grades.