John Marsh's historic Stone House

Workers stabilizing the John Marsh Stone House can be seen through the open windows during construction earlier this year. The windows will be open once again for Heritage Day, a free public event on Oct. 17.

Last October, hundreds of people enjoyed their first up-close look at the sandstone mansion of Contra Costa County’s first American settler and this year they’ll see even more.

The event is the second-annual Stone House Heritage Day at Marsh Creek State Park, the largest historic park in the California State Park system. The free public event is set for Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built by Dr. John Marsh in 1856, the house is in the midst of a major stabilization project and is on its way to becoming the anchor of the park. While more work must be done before the public can tour the inside, they’ll still be able to get a look at some of its 7,000 square feet.

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