Preston Castle is an impressive Romanesque Revival building in Ione, California. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The castle is open to the public via self-guided tours or private, guided, group tours. It can also be made available for private photo shoots and as a location for film/TV shoots. Events including Paranormal nights, craft fairs and a Christmas bazaar are also held on a periodic basis.
Officially opened on July 1, 1894, the castle was home to the Preston School of Industry – a reform school for boys – until 1960 when new school facilities were constructed.
'At its peak the Preston School of Industry encompassed 1,000 acres, 750 of which were farmland. It housed 800 wards, employed a staff of 200, and utilized approximately 50 buildings (Preston Castle website)'.
Since 2001 Preston Castle has been run by the Preston Castle Foundation (a non-profit organisation). All funds received from tours and events at the castle go toward the maintenance, running and improvement of this substantial building.
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900 Palm Dr, Ione, California, 95640
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