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Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park

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(530) 895-6144

Park Hours

The Visitor Center is open Saturday through Monday 11 AM to 5 PM (Closed Tuesday-Friday).

Driving Directions to Bidwell Mansion SHP

From Highway 99: Take East First Avenue and go left onto The Esplanade, the Mansion is on your right(west).
From Highway 5: Take Highway 32 exit at Orland east 20 miles to West Sacramento Avenue. Turn left (east) onto West Sacramento Avenue to The Esplanade where you turn right (south).
The Mansion is located at 525 The Esplanade. The Visitor Center is open Wed. - Fri. 12-5 and Sat. & Sun. 10-5, tours on the hour. The last tour is at 4:00 pm.

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Online reservations are not available for this park.

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150th Anniversary of CA State Parks Quilt Show

PRESALE TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE!

The Bidwell Mansion will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of CA State Parks with an Art Quilt Show on Friday, October 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. Fifty-seven quilts designed by the Quilters' Sew-Ciety of Redding, Inc. will be on display throughout the Visitor Center and all three floors of the Mansion.

Each of the beautiful 20" x 30" quilts depicts a different CA State Park and is made from a number of materials. Docents and quilters will be present to discuss the making of the quilts. Refreshments will be provided by the Bidwell Mansion Association.

To reserve tickets, call (530) 895-6144. All ages are welcome. $7 per person.

The first 57 quilts that will be on display through the online quilt show by going to: http://www.150.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=27534


Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park is a beautiful, three-story, 26 room Victorian House Museum that stands as a memorial to John and Annie Bidwell. John Bidwell was known throughout California and across the nation as an important pioneer, farmer, soldier, statesman, politician and philanthropist. Annie Ellicott Kennedy Bidwell, the daughter of a socially prominent, high ranking Washington official, was deeply religious, and committed to a number of moral and social causes. Annie was very active in the suffrage and prohibition movements.

The Bidwells were married April 16, 1868 in Washington, D.C. with then President Andrew Johnson and future President Ulysses S. Grant among the guests. Upon arrival in Chico, the Bidwells used the Mansion extensively for entertainment of friends. Some of the guests that visited Bidwell Mansion were President Rutherford B. Hayes, General William T. Sherman, Susan B. Anthony, Frances Willard, Governor Stanford, John Muir, and Asa Gray.

When constructed, Bidwell Mansion featured the most modern plumbing, gas lighting and water systems. The overall style of the three-story brick structure is that of an Italian Villa, an informal, warmly romantic style. The building's exterior is finished with a pink tinted plaster.

Location - Directions

From Highway 99:  Take East First Avenue exit and head west.  Turn Left on Esplanade.  The park is located on the right hand side of the road at Memorial Way and Esplanade.

From Highway 5:  Take Highway 32 exit at Orland east 20 miles to West Sacramento Avenue.  Turn left (east) onto West Sacramento Avenue to The Esplanade where you turn right (south).

The Mansion is located at 525 Esplanade.  The Visitor Center is open Friday through Monday from 11 AM to 5 PM.   Tours are generally held every hour, with the last group leaving at 4:00pm. Please call ahead to confirm daily tour schedule

Seasons/Climate Recommended Clothing

Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised. The mansion it temperature controlled.

Accessibility

Tours consist of three floors of Bidwell Mansion, including approximately 50 stairs.  The first floor of Bidwell Mansion is accessible via an exterior ramp.  The two upper levels are only accessible by stairs.  For visitors unable to climb stairs, an open-captioned video of the 2nd and 3rd floors may be viewed in the Visitor Center. 

The Visitor Center is completely accessible.  It includes restrooms, water fountain, a lobby, a museum store, an exhibit hall and a theater.