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.
Due to recent worsening in local Covid incidence and following the recommendation of the Tuolumne County Health Department, the Museum is closed to the public until further notice, effective Friday, November 13, 2020. We're sorry for the closure and hope to re-open safely as soon as possible.
Thanks to the generosity of the Carlo M. De Ferrari Archive in Sonora (and its Records Manager Andy Mattos), STCHS has just received an exciting new addition to its local history collection: a granite road marker commemorating the completion of the "Priests Hill Highway" in 1914. With Andy's help, STCHS Board members Dave Roberts, Harriet Codeglia, and Scott Belser retrieved the 200 pound granite sign from the Archive and placed it in a temporary viewing spot in the Museum. The Museum is open every Friday - Sunday 10 - 2 so visitors can see this terrific reminder of our area's role as "the Gateway to Yosemite."
Board Member Dave Roberts with Priest Grade marker (1914)
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,