Phone:  916-685-8115

E-Mail:  eghs@elkgrovehistoricalsociety.com

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 562, Elk Grove, CA 95759

We are located at 9941 East Stockton Blouevard, adjacent to the west entrance of Elk Grove Regional Park. Heritage Park gives visitors the experience of  looking into the past and the rich history of the city of Elk Grove. The Park grounds consists of the 1950 Elk Grove House & Stage Stop Museum, the 1912 San Joaquin Township Justice Court and Jail, the 1853 Foulks House, the 1884 Reese school, the Dennis Buscher Plaza, bathroom facilities and lawns. The park is open for FREE tours every first Saturday of each month from noon to 4:00 pm or upon request.

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The Lorraine Croup Historic Holiday Bus Tour

Fountain Tallman Museum and El Dorado County Museum

in Placerville

Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

Meet at the Museum parking lot to load at 9:00 am, bus leaves at 9:30 am sharp. The guided walking tour of the Fountain Tallman Museum including the shoe, soda, and Snowshoe Thompson exhibits starts at 11:00 am, lunch is at 1:00 pm, El Dorado County Museum tour starts at 2:30, then return home before 6:00pm.

Lunch at the California Kitchen was especially prepared for our group. The cost of the lunch and tours are included in the $60 per person trip fee.

Send your checks to the Elk Grove Historical Society, P.O. Box 562, Elk Grove, CA 95759 or call Cindy at (916) 952-3417.

Please include, name(s), address, and phone number for trip list and contact information if changes occur. Don’t forget to add food option from list below.

Deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday, November 23

No Refunds unless trip should cancel


Menu Options

Please pick one “Option” below. If it is a sandwich, also pick one side. If you pick Option-7: California Ranch Salad, please pick a meat option. All meal options are included in your bus ticket and include a drink and gratuity.


Option-1:   California Burger w/ Lettuce, tomato, avocado, bacon and ranch dressing.

Fry’s____   Soup ____    Green salad ____     Potato salad____

Option-2:   BBQ Burger w/ Tomato, onion ring, pickle spear, cheddar cheese, and BBQ sauce.

Fry’s______    Soup ______    Green salad ______     Potato salad_______

Option-3:   Classic BLT w/ Bacon, lettuce, tomato.

Fry’s______    Soup ______    Green salad ______     Potato salad_______

Option-4:   Hawaiian Chicken Sandwich w/ Teriyaki marinated chicken, tomatoes, Swiss cheese, and chipotle dressing.

Fry’s______    Soup ______    Green salad ______     Potato salad_______

Option-5:   French Dip Sandwich w/ Tender slices of roast beef with grilled onions, Swiss cheese, beef Au jus on a Dutch crunch roll.

Fry’s______    Soup ______    Green salad ______     Potato salad_______



Option-6:    House Cob Salad w/Romaine lettuce, red onion, boiled egg, blue cheese crumbles, bacon, avocado, and blue cheese dressing.

Option-7:    California Ranch Salad w/Romaine lettuce, red onion, boiled egg, blue cheese crumbles, bacon, avocado, and blue cheese dressing with choice of:

Grilled steak_____  or  Grilled chicken______





13th Annual

An Old Fashion Christmas

After the Black Tie & Santa preview night, the 9-room museum will be open every weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) in December to enjoy the Holiday excitement which includes free tours, beautiful Victorian decorations, garland, several lighted Christmas trees, much merriment, and a visit with *Santa Clause. Children can decorate a large cookie with frosting and edible decorations.

Museum entrance fee is $5.00 per person. Free parking.

Heritage Park is located at 9941 East Stockton Blvd at the west entrance into the Elk Grove Regional Park.


Friday hours: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm          Saturday’s & Sunday’s hours: noon – 5:00

                                                             Dec 1, Dec 2.

Dec 7                                                  Dec 8, Dec 9

Dec 14                                                Dec 15, Dec 16

Dec 21                                                Dec 22, Dec 23

* Santa will be at the museum only on Saturday’s and Sunday’s and leaves at 5:00 pm to get back to the North Pole. Please have children signed in by 4:45 if they want to see Santa. Professional photos available at $15. Thank you.

Decorated Rooms of the Museum

Old Fashion Christmas Chairperson and Organizer: Cindy Mahon

Ladies Parlor:  Music and Angels Theme

Room Decorated by:  Carolyn Johnson and Raquel Lujano

Members of the Elk Grove Artists – They are a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of Art and Artists in the community of Elk Grove

The ladies parlor played an important role during the holiday season. The parlor embodies music where the family could gather together and listen to music in the evening. Of course the room was transformed into an enchanted wonderland filled with decorations.


Men’s Parlor:  Golden Winter Theme

Room Decorated by:  Brad McVean


Dining Room:  Christmas Dinner Theme

Room Decorated by:  Rosemarie Miller, Dina Wilcox and Kiana Wilcox 


Kitchen:  Ginger Bread Theme     

 Room Decorated by:  Jennifer Giron


South Bedroom:  Chessie The Railroad Kitten

Room Decorated by:  Tim Knox and Dennis Buscher


North Bedroom:  Santa Room Theme

Room Decorated by:  Pam Phelps


Childs Bedroom:  A Beary Steiff Christmas

Room Decorated by:  Laura Laney and Girl Scout Troop 3842

The room is filled with vintage toys and teddy bears from throughout the years. The historical Steiff Bears are highly collectible.


Ball Room:  A Century of Treasurers

Room Decorated by:  Rosemarie Miller, Kristi Cripe Rauser, Carol Cripe and Roberta Tanner


Jail: Santa’s Photo

Room decorated by: Jacki Lewis and Sally Bergen




Early California Days

March 23-24, 2019     10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Elk Grove Regional Park at Rotary Grove & Pavilion

The Mormon Battalion, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, New York Volunteers, Sutter Fort’s Soldiers, Militia, and Fife & Drum including their Mobile Education unit are just some of the groups presenting typical historical period reenactments with musket firings, hands on demonstrations and booths, and historical presentations given all day at the pavilion.

A whole two days of FREE activities for the whole family to enjoy. Parking $5



April 26-27-28, 2019

Mahon Ranch – 10171 Grantline Road, Elk Grove, 95624


More information coming soon!



Original Elk Grove House

1850 Elk Grove House and Stage Stop Museum

The main feature is the reconstructed Elk Grove House & Stage Stop, built in 1850 by James Hall, the founding father  of Elk Grove.

Sitting along the historic Monterey Trail, the original building was torn down in 1957 for a Highway 99 expansion project.  Reconstructed by the Elk Grove Historical Society from drawings and pictures, the building now houses many exhibits from the Elk Grove area.  In addition to the exhibits, visitors will see what a public house would have looked like in 1850, when California first became a state, with a ladies parlor, a men’s tavern, kitchen, several bedrooms and ballroom.  Here the visitor can view artifacts from early settlers of the region.  The exhibits are changed frequently and a special display is done every Christmas.

The museum has a Research Library, which holds the largest collection in California of documents, books, photographs and artifacts from the Elk Grove area. Its open to the public by appointment.


1912 San Joaquin Township Justice Court and Jail

The original San Joaquin Township Justice Court also sits on the museum grounds.  Built in 1912, this building served the towns of Elk Grove, Sheldon, Florin and surrounding areas until the mid 1940s.  Here you will find the last two remaining cells from the original 1850 Sacramento County Jail.  The cells came from the prison ship La Grange that was moored at the mouth of the Sacramento River upstream from H Street.


1853 Foulks House

The 1853 Foulks House is currently  being restored on the museum grounds.  The Foulks House is the oldest remaining residence in Elk Grove.  It was built by  Euphemia Foulks, a widow, who with her five children crossed the plains by wagon train in 1852.  The family went on to become prominent Elk Grove citizens.



1884 Reese School

The Reese School has served the area around Florin, including the Japanese fruit farming families of the area. It is the last known remaining one-room schoolhouse in the EGUS District. It has been moved to the Heritage Park grounds in 2007, fund raisers continue, and plans have been submitted for restoration.



1872 Rhoads School

We also operate the Rhoads School, a restored prairie school.  Opened in May of 1872, the school was named after John P. Rhoads, who arrived in California from Illinois in 1846.  The relocation of the Rhoads School from Sloughhouse Road to  Elk Grove Park was completed on July 4, 1977.  On July 4, 2002, the Rhoads School celebrated its 25th anniversary in Elk Grove Park.  Today the Rhoads School serves two purposes.  It is a Living History Program for school classes in the Sacramento County area, and it is also a museum that is open to the public on the first Saturday of every month from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and for  special events that are held in Elk Grove Park.


The Lincoln Highway

The Lincoln Highway passed through Elk Grove in front of the Elk Grove House & Stage Stop Museum on what is now East Stockton Blvd.