OAKHURST – Members behind one of the town’s local treasures are offering the chance for residents and visitors alike to slow down a little bit and celebrate the season the same way folks did in the 19th century, not that long ago.
The Sierra Historic Sites Association (SHSA) will host their annual Christmas at Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holiday revelers of all ages can look forward to kids’ activities, soup tasting, and a wealth of old-fashioned fun.
All are invited to meet and greet Father Christmas, see the charming decorations, and listen to live holiday music conducted to put you in the spirit of the season.
Each of the historic buildings at Fresno Flats Historic Park will be dressed up in holiday finery and the Park will be alive with music thanks to local choral groups and musicians. Parents can take pictures of their children with Father Christmas, sample several homemade soups, shop for unique items in Park’s gift shop, and satisfy a sweet tooth with a treat from the bake sale.
Organizers promise a Cookie Walk, Turkey Run, building tours, and more fun than you can shake a candy cane at. Fresno Flats Historical Park and Museum are located at the intersection of School Road (also known as Road 427) and Indian Springs Road near downtown Oakhurst.
For those who don’t know, Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park recaptures the flavor of 19th century life in the Sierra Nevada foothills and mountains of Central California. The museum complex is built around two restored and furnished homes dating to the 1870s.
Both homes have been designated by the State of California as Points of Historical Interest for their unique construction styles once common throughout Northern California, but virtually unknown today. The buildings were saved and restored by volunteers with the Sierra Historic Sites Association, along with a pair of early-day school rooms, two 19th century jails and several other farm buildings.