Event Time:4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
People were attracted to the Yosemite region long before they knew Yosemite even existed.
In the 1850s, gold was king in the Las Mariposas Land Grant. While settlers were searching for gold, others were bringing grapes into Mariposa County with the Gold Rush. It is believed that the Italian gold seekers brought cuttings and planted these along the creek beds. In addition to grapes taking root here, key players in the Yosemite Grant Act such as John and Jesse Fremont also took root in Mariposa County.
Learn about this important time in our region’s history through a static display of early settlers growing grapes, making wine, finding gold – and exploring what would later become Yosemite.