Landmark Building Tours

Landmark Buildings Tours & Events 2018

Time: 10:00 to 12:30
The popular Dingle School event “Hands on History for Kids” will be moving to the grass in front of the Opera House for this year’s Stroll. The new location will allow more children to participate in hands-on activities from Woodland’s “days of old”. 

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 515 Second St.  

St. Luke’s Episcopal church is modeled after the original Anglican Church in America, built in Smithfield Virginia in 1632. The church is a beloved Woodland landmark, particularly famous for its three stained glass windows above the alter, installed in 1922, and created by the world famous Louis Tiffany studios.
  • 10:30 to 2:30 open to public
  • 10:30 to 11:00 Guided tours
  • 11:00 to 11:15 Organ concert by Dean Mora, classical
  • 1:00 to 1:30 Guided tours
  • 1:30 to 1:45 Organ concert by Jere Hohenwarter, showtunes

Historic Woodland Train Depot

The Historic Woodland Train Depot is located at 1120 Lincoln Avenue, at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Sixth street and will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Stroll Through History.

This year we will be celebrating the 100th birthday of Southern Pacific steam locomotive 1233. Please stop by and give the 1233 your birthday greetings and have a piece of birthday cake!

The Historic Woodland Train Depot was built in 1911 and was the third of four train depots that were built in Woodland and is the only original one remaining. This landmark building has witnessed many historical events and has had many famous people walk through its waiting room doors to board trains heading north and south. The depot is owned and operated by the Sacramento Valley Historical Railways, a Woodland nonprofit organization that saved and has been restoring this historical landmark. Visit our website at or follow us on Facebook at

Woodland Library @ 250 First St.  (oldest Carnegie Library in California) 

  • Open from 9:00 to 4:00
  • 10:00 to 10:45 Guided Tour and Talk “Founded by Unselfish Women”, a brief history of the Woodland Public Library and the interesting women who have influenced its development.

NW corner of First St. and Main St./the “old Western Wear FREEMAN-SCHMAUDERER building
NSGW Woodland Parlor 30 will be hosting an open house at the Freeman-Schmauderer Building at First and Main, the site of Woodland’s first post office and the oldest commercial building in town. In the early days it was home to city founder Frank Freeman’s dry goods business and R.B. Cranston’s first hardware store. This is also the location of the old Strand Theatre, “Woodland’s Photo-Play House De Luxe,” a 700-seat silent movie theater. Most locals know the building as the Diamond E Western Wear store, but other businesses included Piggly Wiggly, E.L. Thompson Tires, Sprouse-Reitz and many others.
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Open house starts in the building, 539 Main Street (First and Main)
Visitors get a look at on-site preservation efforts and future plans for the building
Docents: NSGW Woodland Parlor 30 members
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM 15-minute tours for up to six people start every half hour in the building
These tours include a show and tell of the old Strand Theatre Back Stage
Docent: Dino Gay, NSGW Woodland Parlor 30
4:00 PM Exclusive – after hours – half hour tour starts in the building, ONLY for Open Homes ticket holders
This edition includes a history of the “Central Rooms” boarding house (includes stairs)
Docent: Dino Gay, NSGW Woodland Parlor 30


Woodland Opera House

Heritage Plaza

  • Open for free tours 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
  • Silent Film Festival at 2:00, tickets $10.00 for adults, $5.00 children
  • Available at the box office at 666-9617 and at the door the day of the event.
The Woodland Opera House will host silent movies as they were presented in the 1920’s with live piano accompaniment by Dean Mora. The program will show two short films, “Coney Island” (1917) starring Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton, and “One Week” (1920) starring Buster Keaton and Sybil Seeley. An intermission will be followed by the classic silent film”Steamboat Bill” (1928) starring Buster Keaton.
Silent films are not silent at the Woodland Opera House! The Opera House is fortunate to have Dean Mora returning to accompany the films with music that brings each film to life.
Dean’s love of old film was rewarded when, shortly after finishing his degree in music at CSU Northridge, he was offered the job of accompanying silent films at the Silent Movie Theatre in Hollywood. Dean played every week at the Silent Movie Theatre for six years, accompanying over 200 movies.  He also studied the theatre organ with the legendary Gaylord Carter, learning all the techniques needed to accompany a silent film. He has performed in the Los Angeles Orpheum Theatre, Copley Hall in San Diego, and the Fox Theatre in Hanford. Dean also plays at film festivals. He has performed at the The Roger Ebert Film Festival, the UCLA Film Archives Series, The Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Academy in Beverly Hills, and the Silent Movie Film Festival in Osaka, Japan.
The Opera House is thrilled to have this wonderful artist accompanying our afternoon of silent films.