The Angels Camp Museum Foundation will be hosting a special dinner event September 8, 2018 to benefit the Angels Camp Museum Foundation Lecture Series. Thanks to the current owner and resident, Tad Folendorf, the Utica Mansion will once again be open to the public for tours, complete with a history of the home followed by a delicious dinner catered by Pickle Patch on the Utica Mansion grounds.
“For many years, the mansion was a focal point for major social events of the Angels Camp community, “said Karen Strand, Angels Camp Museum Foundation President. “With the exception of minor alterations to the lower floor in the 1950's, the house today is as it was in the 1890's.”
The mansion began as a modest 2-story stone Federal house built by Utica Mine owner Robert Leeper in 1882. Leeper sold the mine and his home to Charles D. Lane. Early in the 1890’s, Lane undertook an elaborate remodel that doubled the home’s size and transformed it into the mansion as it exists today.
“A lot of people don’t know that the house was also used as an office,” said Tad Folendorf, current Utica Mansion own
Although the Old Timers Museum in Murphy's had to close recently, the museum’s extensive collection has found a new home in Angels Camp. Over the course of several months, Old Timers Museum board members and other volunteers spent many hours photographing, cataloguing and carefully packing the museum’s artifacts for transport to the Angels Camp Museum. Many items are now on display in the carriage house, and additional artifacts not currently displayed are stored on shelves, with textiles, photographs and documents safely tucked away in acid-free boxes. Click here to read the article on the move featured in Calaveras Enterprize.