Sutter’s Fort – The Inside Story

After touring around the outside of the fort we ventured inside. First we had to pay the entrance fee of $6 per person ($3 for those aged 6 to 16) because this was a living history day when volunteeers dressed up in period costumes and performed demonstrations of daily life back in the 1840’s. Normal admission is $4 per adult, $2 for those aged 6 to 16, age 5 and under are free. There is a self guided audio tour that is available every day they are open.

Here is an old photograph, a medal, a powder horn and an old pistol.

A bust of John Sutter.

An old California Bear Flag representing the Republic of California.

In the foreground are butter churners. After milking the cow they would let the cream rise to the top of the milk. Skim off the cream and pour into the round part of the churn. Grabbing the long handle they would then vigorously pump that handle up and down to “churn” the cream which would eventually turn into butter. It was hard work. 😦

This foto shows the barrel type churn. A little easier to work. 🙂


Cannon in a watchtower. This was their homeland security. LOL.

Big tree.

Ah, this tree came from Kandern, Baden, Germany the birthplace of John Sutter. It was planted here in 1939, almost 70 years ago. It was dedicated on September 9, 1948 during the 100th birthday celebration of the City of Sacramento.

Hmmm. What’s cooking?

One of the cooks checks it out. They actually had bread dough in that pot and they were letting it rise before baking.

Goyo says, “Sounds good to me. Let’s eat”. Goyo is always ready to eat. Hahaha.

Small jars to hold their herbs and spices.

A teapot.

This is the oven where they would bake the bread.

The fire is buring quite well. I’d like to build one of these in my yard when we retire to the Philippines. Make bread, pizza, whatever.

The cooks eating.

More cooking inside the kitchen.

The fireplace where the food was cooked.  The pots were hung over the fire from the rod going across.  Everything was cooked in the orignal way.  No microwaves allowed!

Outside the kitchen was another barbecue area.  My goodness, these people must have cooked all the time.  Goyo would be happy.   🙂

A spinning wheel to spin threads of material into fabric for clothes and other items.

A demonstration on how to use it.

Mrs. Goyo is watching.  She is thinking, “This is way too much work.  C’mon girlfriend, give it up.  Just go down to Macy’s and buy something already made.  Sheesh.”   🙂

Here are some of the fabrics that had been spun previously.


Another cannon.  Wait a minute!  This one is aimed inside the fort.  What’s up with that?   Maybe for the dissenters?  “Ok, all those who disagree with me just line up over there in front of this cannon.  I want to demonstrate something for you”.  LOL 

Storage barrels.   For wheat, flour, etc.

The grinding stone.  Place your wheat, or whatever, here and grind it into flour.  Here these children are trying it out.  Often a horse would be employed to do the turning.

More volunteers putting on a demonstration.  A young maiden with a rather coquettish look.   😉

Saddles for the horses.

Another storeroom.

The armory with a lot of old rifles.

Rifles, powder horns, etc.

A forge where they did their toolmaking.  Use the pump to blow air into the fire to make it really hot, take tongs and hold a piece of iron over the fire until red hot, then place the red hot iron on the anvil in the center and beat it into whatever shape you want.

Dipping the wick into wax to make candles.  No electricity then.    😦    

Oh well, at least with no electricity they would have no brownouts.  🙂

Hanging the candles to dry.

Nice looking old bed.  Not too comfortable looking though.  Chamber pot under the bed was used for, umm, those nightime “emergencies”.   LOL

Well, that’s all folks.  I hope you’ve enjoyed out little tour of Sutter’s Fort.  What’s up next you ask?  Don’t know.  Who knows where Goyo will go next? 


One response to “Sutter’s Fort – The Inside Story

  1. Thank God for the modern technology nowadays! I’m sure no one will go back to the way it was. 🙂 But, it’s always good to know how they did it in those days. The wood oven is still being used today for baking pizzas & bagels.

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