EL CERRITO -- Learn about "John Marsh and his Great Stone House" at a free El Cerrito Historical Society program at 7 p.m. March 25 in the Arlington Park Clubhouse, 1120 Arlington Blvd.

Marsh is described as "one of the most cantankerous figures in Northern California history, an Indian trader and self professed doctor who fought with the Sioux in the Black Hawk War, settled in eastern Contra Costa in 1838, prospered -- but met an unhappy end."

Gene Metz, president of the John Marsh Trust, will also discuss restoration of the 1855 stone mansion built by Marsh, located in what is now a 4,000-acre state park "with newly discovered archeological remains going back 7,000 years."

The talk is free and open to the public.

For more details contact Dave Weinstein at 510-524-1737 or davidsweinstein@yahoo.com.



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