PLACERVILLE, CA - The American River Conservancy and the Wakamatsu Foundation hosted an open house Saturday to celebrate the preservation of a Japanese Colony.
SLIDESHOW: Tour of historic Japanese Colony
The Wakamatsu Colony is believed to be the first commercial operation involving the earliest Japanese immigrants.
"In 1870, there were about 55 Japanese and 22 were here to establish the Wakamatsu tea and silk worm colony," Wakamatsu Foundation's Wayne Maeda said. "It was the largest concentration and the first group to settle permanently."
The two organizations purchased the 200 acres of land and some of the original structures. The groups then restored the area.
The groups hope to establish the Wakamatsu Colony as a state historical park.