Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: 4005 US Highway 395 North. Washoe Valley, NV (Washoe)
Description: Please join us in celebrating Nevada’s Sesquicentennial at Bowers Mansion for a historical look at the life of our forefathers. Picnicking was a very popular way to entertain in the later 1800’s. This area was famous for entertaining family and friends, with food, games and music. All of this came about in a most peculiar way; when Sandy Bowers met his death at the early age of 35 in 1868, Eilley needed to supplement her income in order to keep the mansion. She did whatever it took to make money; fortune telling, running the mansion as boarding house, and yes – having picnics! People would ride the famous V&T Rail Road, and come by horse and carriage, from all over for Eilley Bowers famous picnics. Come see what the attraction was, and still is, to the beautiful Washoe Valley! Your family is welcome to enjoy a day filled with appearances by Civil War re-enactors and Civil War Women, Nevada Humanities Young Chautauquans, Western Acoustic Music, and Carson Sierra Spinners & Weavers. Also fun for kids and adults, there will be hosted Historical Games and Dance, Self-guided tours of Bowers Mansion for 5$, and a BBQ Picnic lunch available for purchase in the Comstock Pavilion! If you or your family has been in Nevada for a few generations, or more, and would like to be a part of history; please visit our “Family History” table and you can document your ancestry on a simple form that will be saved by the Nevada Historical Society. This part of the “Nevada Proud Pioneer Picnic” is to encourage local residents to simply document How and When your family came to this area, and for how long. In 1964 the Nevada Centennial commission was the first to have this done, and those records are still in use today at the Historical Society. (Pioneer form is also available on our website!) This is a free program thanks to the cooperative effort between the Nevada Historical Society, Washoe County Parks Department, and many wonderful Docents, and Volunteers!
Phone Number: 688-1190 x. 224