The Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society (STCHS) is a volunteer community organization dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the colorful history of the area “south of the Tuolumne River.” Groveland and Big Oak Flat were 1850s Gold Rush towns which later thrived as a gateway to Yosemite National Park. The centerpiece of STCHS is the Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum in Groveland welcoming visitors from all over the world, and all year long. STCHS also advances its goals by building preservation projects, community education, and the History Resource Center.
The Museum will re-open on Friday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will also be open Saturday and Sunday (10 - 2) with plans to be open every Fri - Sun thereafter. A limited number of visitors will be asked to wear masks and maintain proper distancing. Come and enjoy the chance to re-connect with our history!
STCHS is proud to offer for sale its pictorial local history book "Groveland and Big Oak Flat." With more than 200 captioned photographs the book covers the colorful history of our area from the Native American days to the Gold Rush and its role as a leading gateway to Yosemite National Park. Books can be purchased online, by sending in a printed-out order form, or in person at the Museum. They can be shipped or picked up in person at the Museum. All proceeds benefit the Society and Museum.
The book is a wonderful opportunity to learn local history or remember an enjoyable visit to the area. Purchase for the family or as a gift. It is also a way to support efforts to preserve and enhance the appreciation of local history.
Cover photo :Mecartea Blacksmith Shop located between Groveland and Big Oak Flat,