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Preston Castle Foundation - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

900 Palm Dr, Ione, CA 95640, USA

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About Preston Castle Foundation

This was a reform school located in Ione, California, in Amador County. Its mission is to preserve, rehabilitate and utilize the historic Preston Castle site as well as preserving the history of the school, its staff and boys. The Romanesque Revival style of architecture was to make the building look like a school rather than a prison. Today, theCastle is open to the public for tours and events.

Attractions Near Preston Castle Foundation

Lake Amador
Lake Amador7.73km from Preston Castle Foundation

A beautiful reservoir located in Amador County, California. It lies at an elevation of 325 feet. The lake's water is impounded by the Jackson Creek Dam, a 193-foot tall earth-and-rock dam, built in 1965 across Jackson Creek. The dam is 1,140 feet long and 11 feet wide and contains 1,223,000 cubic yards of material.

Amador Whitney Museum
Amador Whitney Museum11.74km from Preston Castle Foundation

The Amador Whitney Museum exists to promote an interest in the history and culture of the Mother Lode region among both residents and visitors.This building, originally the Kling Building is probably the oldest commercial building in town. It dates back to 1860. Throughout the years, it has housed many types of businesses including the Wells Fargo Drayage Company.

Knight Foundry
Knight Foundry12.47km from Preston Castle Foundation

The Knight Foundry, set in the heart of Sutter Creek, is America's last water-powered foundry and machine shop. It was established in 1873 to supply heavy equipment and repair facilities to the gold mines and timber industry of the Mother Lode. Samuel N. Knight developed a high speed, cast iron impulse water turbine which was a forerunner of the Pelton wheel design. Knight Wheels were used in some of the first hydroelectric plants in California, Utah, and Oregon.

Kennedy Gold Mine Tours
Kennedy Gold Mine Tours13.69km from Preston Castle Foundation

The Kennedy Gold Mine is a gold mine in Jackson, California, one of the deepest mines on the Mother Lode. It closed in 1942 and together with nearby Argonaut Mine. It has since been re-opened as a tourist attraction.

Pardee Dam
Pardee Dam13.81km from Preston Castle Foundation

Pardee Dam is a 345-foot -high structure across the Mokelumne River which marks the boundary between Amador and Calaveras Counties. Popular recreational activities include fishing, boating and hiking. Swimming pools located next to the café are available for your enjoyment seven days a week.

St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church13.95km from Preston Castle Foundation

The St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church is part of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America. It is built on the presumed location of St. Sava's grave. His coffin had been moved from Mileševa Monastery to Belgrade. The coffin was placed on a pyre and burnt in 1595 by Ottoman Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha.

Where is Preston Castle Foundation

Discover More Attractions in Amador County, Where Preston Castle Foundation Is Located

Amador County
Amador County
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Amador County, is a county in the U.S. state of California, This County bills itself as "The Heart of the Mother Lode" and lies within the Gold Country.