First in an occasional series of fun things to do in Modesto this summer.
Over the years I have heard many a teen say that there is nothing to do in Modesto. Well, I am here to put those declarations to rest by proving them wrong. Throughout this summer I will be sharing the amazing possibilities in this wonderful town.
One of the many great things to do in Modesto is to visit the McHenry Mansion and the McHenry Museum, both a stone's throw from each other in downtown.
Built in 1883 by Robert McHenry, a prominent banker at the time, the McHenry Mansion stands as a symbol of history and heritage for the Modesto area. It gives a great example of the architecture and interior style of the homes of the Victorian era.
The McHenry Museum offers many pieces of history from the Modesto area and includes many exhibits such as newspapers from World War II, a general store, a stage coach, gaming items from Modesto, vintage dresses and a mock-up of a retro kitchen.
These delightful artifacts are sure to offer something for everyone. Bring a friend, take a date, or simply go for your own personal enjoyment.
The sites are open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Tours are self-guided and admission is free.
For more information, visit www.mchenrymuseum.org or call (209) 557-5235.
Haley Smith is a junior at Johansen High School in Modesto and a member of the Teens in the Newsroom program.