Landmark Building Tours

Landmark Buildings Tours & Events 2016


2016 Tours

The Historic Woodland Train Depot

1120 Lincoln Ave (corner of Lincoln and 6th St.)

Open for tours from 9:00 to 1:00.  

Docents will be on hand to show off the latest improvements in the ongoing restoration of the 1911 Southern Pacific Railroad Train Depot. The all volunteer Sacramento Valley Historical Railways members continue to improve and restore the historic depot. Visitors can stroll the areas already restored, see the work in  progress, and admire the train parked outside the station.

Woodland Opera House

340 Second St.
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Volunteer docents  will be on hand to lead tours of the historic Opera House.  Beginning at 1:00, the Opera House will be showing some classic movies from the era of silent film.

There will be a film program at the Woodland Opera House on September 10th which will feature films from the earliest period of silent movies (which encompasses the heyday of the Woodland Opera House), including the Lumiere Brothers’ short films from the 1890s, the magical cinematic magic of George Melies from the early 1900s, and also what is widely considered to be the first American motion picture, The Great Train Robbery (1903). After this, we switch gears to comedy, starting with the Mack Sennett thriller, Barney Oldfield’s Race For A Life (1913), and Kid Auto Races At Venice (1914), featuring the first appearance of Charlie Chapin’s beloved Little Tramp character. After intermission, we continue with another Charlie Chaplin classic, The Rink (1916), and then finish the program with Buster Keaton’s One Week.

Dean Mora will introduce the films at the beginning of each “Act” before the screening begins. Dean Mora was born and raised in Los Angeles, and is a recent transplant to the Sacramento area; his interest in pre-WWII America was forged early on as a child (at 11 he went to see the motion picture “The Sting” and was instantly hooked). Shortly after receiving his Bachelor of Music degree at CSU Northridge, Dean was offered the job of accompanying silent films at the Silent Movie Theatre in Hollywood. At this time Dean studied theatre organ with the legendary Gaylord Carter, learning all the tricks and techniques needed to effectively accompany a silent film. Dean played every week at the Silent Movie Theatre for 6 years, accompanying over 200 movies. He also played for screenings attended by silent films stars such as Buddy Rogers, Anita Page, Lina Basquette, and Gilbert Roland, in addition to modern stars such as Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio, Brendan Fraser, and John Candy. Since then, Dean has performed in other venues such as the Orpheum Theatre (Los Angeles), Copley Hall (San Diego), Fox Theatre (Hanford, CA), and the Nethercutt Museum (Sylmar, CA). In addition, he has also performed at film festivals in various locales, including The Roger Ebert Film Festival in Champaign, IL, the UCLA Film Archives Series, The Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Academy in Beverly Hills, CA, and the Silent Movie Film Festival in Osaka, Japan.

Greater Second Baptist Church

435 Second St.

Church Choir to sing in Heritage Plaza at eleven am. Church will also be open to welcome visitors from 12:30 to 5:00 pm.

Hands on History for Kids
Dingle School

625 Elm Street
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Dingle Elementary students will be sharing their love of history with all the children who visit the school on Stroll Through History day. History Club students will be dressed in Victorian period costumes and will teach kids to play old-fashioned children’s games–graces, rolling hoops, croquet, and marbles. There will be copies of old school photos that kids can handle, and displays and time-lines that will help children explore the past and experience a hands-on interaction with local history. Light refreshments will be served by Dingle Elementary’s PTA. Children and their families can come directly to the school, or take the “Barns & Alleys & Hidden Surprises Childrens tour, which takes off from the corner of Dog Gone alley and 2nd Street at  9:00 AM and will finish at Dingle School around 10:00 AM.

Woodland Carnegie Library  

250 First Street, at the corner of Court St and First St.
9:00 – 12:00 p.m. 
Docents will be on hand to explain the history of one of the only continually functioning Carnegie libraries in California

Concert at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church  

625 W. Gibson Road, Woodland, CA

There will be a free Musical Concert  featuring the Davis Community Chorale at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 625 W. Gibson Road, Woodland.  The concert will start at 4pm.  St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is at the corner of Gibson and Cottonwood, across from the Hospital.  

Admission is free with refreshments after concert. All good will offerings will go directly to support the Davis Community Chorale.

Guided Tours from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

515-519 Second St. (corner of Lincoln Ave and Second St.) 
St. Luke’s Episcopal church will be open for tours continuously from 9:30 to 1:30.  Each guided tour will take 15 to 20 minutes.  The tours will discuss the history and architecture of the church, which was designed by noted Berkeley architect, William Hays, and built in 1912. St. Luke’s beautiful stained glass windows will be featured on the tours, including the signed Louis Comfort Tiffany window over the altar.

Guided Tours 9:00 to 12:00
Woodland Christian Church and museum

509 College St. (corner of Lincoln & College)

The history of the Christian Church in Woodland stretches back to its founding under an Ash tree in 1854. The current Mission Revival Church was dedicated in 1949. Docents will guide guests through the church and the museum.

Mojos Restaurant 
428 First Street 
Display of Stroll Poster Art Contest drawings.

Note: All tours begin at the location of the building. Tours and events, if any, are independently offered and sponsored by the respective organizations.