The 272-acre Gold Hill Ranch was purchased for $3.2 million using a combination of grants, private donations and loans. It is the location of the Wakamatsu Colony, settled by Japanese immigrants in 1869 as a hub for tea cultivation, silk worm farming and other traditional Japanese agricultural practices.
"The Wakamatsu Colony story is every bit as compelling as the story of Jamestown or the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock," said Conservancy director Alan Ehrgott.
Please click on the tag "Aizu" in this community to find past posts related to Aizu during the Bakumatsu and Meiji Era. The immigrants mentioned in the article above left Japan after 1868 in search of a better life here in the United States.