Yuba Feather Historical Museum in Forbestown
The Forbestown area first attracted worldwide attention when gold was discovered in California. Mining soon gave way to ranches and sawmills. Today logging is the major industry in the district. Exhibits reflect this varied heritage.
Located in an old school house, the Museum’s exhibits change from year to year concentrating on different aspects of history as diverse as the life of a pioneer child and the basketry of the Maidu Indians. Outside there are exhibits of mining and logging equipment as well as a country store and a blacksmith shop.
Forbestown Museum, operated weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day by the Yuba Feather Historical Association, is dedicated to the preservation of the lumber and gold mining eras.
Pioneer snowshoes for humans and horses, mining implements, antique clothing and furniture, and a working print shop are housed in the main building.
Outdoor mining displays, a miner’s cabin, blacksmith shop, general store, and replica of an old schoolhouse are all of interest.
Gold Trader Flat is a life-sized replica of a Gold Rush town.Visitors may stroll the boardwalks and visit the barber shop, Miss Millie’s Hat Shop, the saloon, jail, Well’s Fargo Office, school house, leather shop, blacksmith, mercantile, miner’s cabin, pioneer homestead, and post office. A Maidu Village and hotel are under construction and an extensive Chinatown is planned. The adjacent main museum building houses 3,000 vintage photographs, an exhibit of logging equipment, a Victorian parlor with stitchery through the ages, antique shoes and more.
Admission is always free as the town was built by volunteers with materials donated by individuals and businesses. We have hands-on activities such as churning butter, walking on stilts, sawing logs with a cross cut saw and washing clothes on an old wash board.
Forbestown Museum, The Yuba-Feather Historical Association was founded in 1972 to preserve the history of eastern Butte County and northern Yuba County and maintains a Museum at Forbestown.
Admission to the Museum is always free. The Musuem is open from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. every weekend from Memorial Day in May Through Labor Day in September. Donations are gladly accepted.