“Our mission is to honor the people who came before us by rescuing, preserving, researching, and displaying the county’s rich history to ensure that its significance will be appreciated for generations to come.”

The El Dorado County Historical Society was founded in 1939
as a private non-profit organization. It is a volunteer group of
generous and dedicated members who are active throughout
the county.


El Dorado Western RailwayEl Dorado Western Railway

Find out about train rides!

Visit El Dorado Western Railway Website


Jacob Gray, El Dorado County 4-H’er, working with the county Surveyor’s Office has created a tour of Main Street Placerville.

Exploring Historic Main Street Placerville



Then and Now BookThen and Now Then and Now was inspired by the collection of historical photographs housed at the El Dorado County Historical Museum. These images show a moment in time, caught forever through the old photographic process. The old photographs are matched with Harry Critchfield’s current photographs with text researched and written by Joyce Thompson, a long-time volunteer with the El Dorado County Historical Museum. These photographs, old and new, help us appreciate the buildings that are still here, and acknowledge the ones that are gone.




Walking Tours of Historic Main Street

The El Dorado Historical Society is conducting guided tours of Historic Main Street by reservation.  Groups can schedule a tour by contacting Marilyn Ferguson at (530) 626-0773 Wednesday through Sunday between 11 am and 4 pm.  Tours can be booked for any day or time, and you will be contacted to confirm the tour.
The tour usually begins at the Fountain & Tallman Museum, 524 Main Street and lasts about 60 to 90 minutes.  The tour guides are dressed in period costume and describe historic locations on Main Street between Cedar Ravine and Sacramento Street.  Although the tour is free, donations to the Fountain/Tallman are encouraged at a suggested rate of $2 per adult or $5 per family.

Restorations on the Historic Herrick Building Herrick Building