Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park and the Friends of Allensworth will commemorate a Rededication Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9.

For this event, 20 of the historic building will be opened to the public and the docents will be dressed in turn-of-the-20th-century fashion while providing tours and living history demonstrations. The event will also have horse and buggy rides, live musical entertainment, home tours, and food vendors of all kinds. This event will be filled with a family-friendly celebration, education, and fun.

This state park’s history goes way back to 1908 when retired Colonel Allen Allensworth, Professor William Payne, and their partners acquired a portion of land in southwest Tulare County where African Americans could live free of racial prejudice.

The founders established the California Colonization and Home Promoting Association to sell land to potential citizens. The townspeople preside power through the Allensworth Progressive Association. They prospered mainly in agriculture and daily products, but in the 1920’s a problem with their water irrigation arises and the Santa Fe Railroad closed its Allensworth Station which made the exportation of their product impossible. After this many have fled away from Allensworth and the town ruin. By the 1960’s a resident and member of the Department of Parks and Recreation, campaigned to restore the town into a California State Historic Park which was approved and recognized on October 9, 1976.

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