#1001:  California Native American Ceremonial Roundhouses (Thematic) - Wassama Roundhouse

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5.5 mi N of Oakhurst on Hwy 49 to Ahwahnee, then E .4 mi on Round House Rd





State Plaque


Plaque and site are located in Wassama Round House State Historic Park, which has limited visiting hours.

From the plaque:

Dating prior to the 1860s, the Wassama Roundhouse was reconstructed in 1985 on the location of the previous four houses. In 1903, the third roundhouse was built using portions of the center pole from the two earlier houses. The roundhouse served as the focal point of spiritual and ceremonial life for many Native Californians. The Wassama Roundhouse continues to serve this purpose.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Grub Gulch Chapter 41-49 E Clampus Vitus, May 16, 1992.

2009 David Schmitt