The Elk Grove Historical Society had its beginnings in 1962 when four local women came together with the thought of preserving our rich heritage. The Historical Society was established in 1976 as the Bicentennial Committee to save the Rhoads School. … show more
The Elk Grove Historical Society had its beginnings in 1962 when four local women came together with the thought of preserving our rich heritage. The Historical Society was established in 1976 as the Bicentennial Committee to save the Rhoads School. Once the school was moved to the Elk Grove Park, saved and restored the Bicentennial Committee became the Elk Grove Historical Society. Our General Meetings, which usually includes a speaker to give a talk regarding the history of the area, are held on the third Monday of each month and begins at 7:00 P.M. The meetings are held at different locations so please call (916) 685-8115 to get the location for the month. Our Board of Directors meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month at 4 P.M. at the Elk Grove House Stage Stop Museum. We currently operate the Elk Grove Heritage Park and the Rhoads School. The Rhoads School is a restored Prairie school that originally sat near Sloughhouse and provides school age children with a living history program of what school was like in the 1800s. Each day the school bell rings and a class of students spend a school day back in the late 1880s. They dress in period clothing, play period games and learn from the same books our ancestors used. The school is located just down the road from the Elk Grove Heritage Park in the middle of the beautiful Elk Grove Regional Park. The Elk Grove Heritage Park currently contains two buildings open to visitors; the reconstructed 1850 stage stop, Elk Grove House Stage Stop Museum and the original San Joaquin Township Justice Court, the original jail and courthouse to serve Elk Grove and San Joaquin Township. The original stage stop was built by James Hall founder of Elk Grove in 1850. The San Joaquin Township Justice Court is unique in that it holds the last two remaining cells from the original Sacramento County jail built circa 1850. Recently moved to the Heritage Park is the 1853 Foulks House, the oldest remaining residence in Elk Grove and...
When a city grows as fast as Elk Grove has in the last 20 years, the Elk Grove State Stop & Hotel has preserved what would have been lost forever. Thanks to the hard working volunteers that continue to preserve Elk Grove History and help build community.
All the events that are held there are just over the top: Haunted Stage Stop in Oct., Old Fashioned Christmas in Dec., Spring Tea in May, Huge Yard Sale in July. This year's Grand Ballroom display is not to be missed.
This museum is a wonderful showpiece of local history from the 1850s on. Right now there's a fabulous display of old time ballroom fashion, etiquette and mementos from the Sacramento and Elk Grove area!