Remembering Whiskeytown—A Historical Cemetery Tour of Whiskeytown’s Pioneers and Past
Contact: Bill Watkins , 530-242-3450
Contact: Jeffrey Gerbic , 530-242-3421
Meet with a park ranger at the Whiskeytown Cemetery for a walking tour Sunday evenings July 20 through September 7 starting at 6:30 pm. The tour will visit gravesites and learn about some of the individuals and families who settled here during the Gold Rush through the time of the Central Valley Project and Whiskeytown Lake. Along the way, learn about the iconography/symbolism of headstones and its significance in telling a larger story. Following the tour, visitors will be encouraged to share their stories about this intriguing and unique cemetery as well as historic cemeteries in general and their preservation. Programs will last about 1.5 hours.
To reach the Whiskeytown Cemetery from Redding, turn left onto J.F. Kennedy Memorial Drive. Proceed past the Visitor Center about 1.5 miles then turn left on Paige Bar Road (do not cross the dam).Continue south on the Paige Bar Road approximately 1.5miles.Whiskeytown Cemetery is located on the left, just south of the large Mount Shasta Mine Trailhead parking lot. The Whiskeytown day use pass is not required to visit Whiskeytown Cemetery. Please call Jeffrey Gerbic at (530) 242-3421 for more information about this program.
For more information about Whiskeytown NRA, please contact the Visitor Center at (530) 246-1225 or visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/whis
Did You Know?
Whiskeytown has phantom orchids (Cephalanthera austiniae)? They are all white and devoid chlorophyll. This means that it cannot make energy for itself and must rely on symbiotic mycorrhizae for its nutrition.