This Saturday, Mr.S. and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary. Since the kidlets were spending the day playing with their cousins, we thought it would be fun to go on a guided tour of the historical Preston School of Industry (locally known as Preston Castle) in Ione. Lloyd, our tour guide, was very informative and explained how the land where the Preston Castle stands was purchased from the Ione Coal & Iron Company and how the building of the Preston School of Industry began.  The facility focused on rehabilitating, rather than simply imprisoning, juvenile offenders and only closed when the new facility was constructed next door. During our visit we were able to tour the first two floors and the basement of the old facility, which included the kitchen where the housekeeper, Anna Corbin, was supposedly bludgeoned to death there in the 1950's. The building, especially the interior is in extreme disrepair and decay, but the Romanesque Revival architecture is fascinating. Hopefully the Preston Castle Foundation will be able to preserve the historic site.

Afterwards, we had a quiet lunch in the town of Ione and chatted about the tour we went on. Then Mr S. had some beautiful flowers delivered to me for our anniversary and we closed out our evening with a romantic dinner at Ambience. It was probably one of the most fun anniversary dates I've gone on.  A little bit of history, suspense and romance...a perfect mix.

5 Responses
  1. Wow, thanks for sharing this post about the Preston Castle in Ione. We pass it often on our way to Jackson, and I've always wanted to tour it. From a distance, it looks so forlorn--a great location for a novel. I'm glad to meet a fellow Sacramento Connect blogger. Will "friend" you there.

  2. Lloyd R. Says:

    Hi Mr. & Mrs. S,
    My precious wife Bonnie and I wish you both a belated happy second year wedding anniversary. We celebrated 53 years of married life last June. It was an honor to be your tour guide at Preston Castle 0n 9/17/2011. If you or any one else would like to enquire further about that majestic structure,please e-mail my precious wife and me at
    Lloyd (&Bonnie) R.

  3. Ally Says:

    Thanks Lloyd, we had a wonderful time. It was our 2 year 'dating' anniversary...however, I enjoyed my chat with you after the tour and we read your list for what makes a successful marriage during our lunch in Ione. Congratulations to you & Bonnie on 53 years! What an inspiration the two of you are.

  4. I just wanted to point out that Anna Corbin wasn't killed in the Kitchen- in fact she was more than likely assaulted in a room off of her office (where the blood evidence started) and dragged into the store room where she was killed and locked in a padlocked closet. There was blood leading from the office to the store room, not the kitchen. You can find her entire life story on my blog--

  5. Ally Says:

    Thanks for the heads up, Dreaming Casually. I just went off what the tour guide told us. Read your post though, super interesting & informative.

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