Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Original Big Tree of California!

Incoming!  Ironstone Heritage Museum is now featuring an incredible series of books on the Histories of The California Big Trees.  These 6 books by Historian Gary Lowe, are the most in-depth research documents on the Big Trees ever published.  Gary was able to update existing history utilizing the amazing document archive  from a Murphys Prospector in the late 1800's that was discovered and display here at Ironstone in 2009.  Stop by and take a peek.  

The Mammoth Tree is the tree in the North Grove at Calaveras Big Trees State Park that had its bark removed for exhibit world wide in 1854. You can still see the cut marks on that giant made in the 1850's.  I had never seen an image of the reconstructed tree so I was thrilled to see it on the cover of Volume 2!  Impressive research and images. Kudos to Gary Lowe for such an awesome endeavor.

Volume 1 – The Original Big Tree,  History of the Big Tree Exhibit of 1853-1855: The Exhibition of the Bark and Section of the Discovery Tree, known variously as The Mammoth Tree, The Giant Tree of The Great Tree and its wanton contender – 2012/2014.  Over 200 illustrations & 3 tables.                          $40.00

Volume 2 – The Mammoth Tree. – A Gold Rush Adventure: History of the Mother of the Forest Exhibit, 1854-1866.  Over 150 illustrations.                                          $30.00

Volume 3 – The Big Tree Exhibits of 1870-1871 and the Roots of the Giant Sequoia Preservation Movement. The Snediker & Stegman (Forest King) and the Jellerson & Ricker Big Tree Exhibits 1870-1871.   100 illustrations (30 in color) 1 table.                         $35.00

Volume 4 – Before The Works – The Bancroft-Pond-Houseworth Toursit Party Among the Big Trees, May 1871  180 illustrations, 2 tables.                       $25.00

Volume 5 – The Grant Grove Centennial Stump, Kings Canyon National Park and the Big Tree Exhibit of 1875 – 1876. 40 illustrations. $8.50

Geologic History of the Giant Sequoia and the Coast Redwood. 27 illustrations, 3 tables and 6 maps.                $17.50

Monday, October 6, 2014

Phantom of the Opera! New showing added

Due to popular Demand, a 3rd. showing of the Silent Movie, "Phantom of the Opera" has been added to the schedule!  

Sunday, October 26th. at 12:00 PM!  Sign up now, the other two seatings have been sold out!

Ironstone Concourse Foundation Art Exhibition

Ironstone Concourse Foundation Art Exhibition

Ironstone Vineyards and the Ironstone Concourse Foundation present the 1st. Annual Ironstone Concourse Foundation Art Exhibit.
Opening Tuesday, October 14th, this outstanding exhibit of Plein Air paintings will be available for you to see through Sunday, December 14th. 2014.

Located in the main Galleria just downstairs from the Tasting Room, this exhibit features original Plein Air paintings created during this years’ Ironstone Concours d’Elegance, Saturday, September 27th.

Artists present and painting at this years’ classic car show were:
Linda Abbott
Diana Boyd
Judie Cain
George Durkee
Diana Eppler
Susie Hoffman
Lorna Hunt
Mary Ann Kash
Valerie Kolakowski
Charlotte Mulcaster
Donna Nelson
Sherrie Palmer
Cathryn Strong
Eva Walker

Tasting Room hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me at

Monday, September 8, 2014

Historic Artifacts up for auction

Our Friend and adviser, Fred Holabird is having an outstanding auction Sept.    of American Artifacts and Documents.  The catalog is already available with such outstanding descriptions of each of the items going up for auction, that the catalog itself is a rich resource for everything Early Americana.

We have posted a few images of a few of the items, but there are so many more!  You can also go on line and place a bit now before the actual live auction starts.  Check out the link below that will take you to the online auction.  It is fun just to pa-ruse through the items.  I learn a great many things I didn't know within these awsome pages of history and photographs.

Take a peek...

Everything from Merced tokens, Giusippi silk prints to Longfellow registry books ... even a classic turn of the century automobile in cherry condition waiting to be purchased and entered into the Ironstone Concourse d'Elegance later this month!

Take a peek ....