Rough & Ready Grange 795  

Rough and Ready Grange #795 History

We are a small community organization and building in the town center of historic Rough and Ready. We formed for the purposes of sharing local ranch and farming information, trading and bartering. Today we serve our small, rural community by providing a hall for meeting and social occasions, lectures and special seminars.  The Rough and Ready Grange #795 was originally built as an Independent Order of Odd Fellows in 1851 as the Mountain Rose Lodge of the I.O.O.F.  Completely destroyed by fire in 1854, the hall was rebuilt almost immediately and managed to survive the following terrible fires of 1856 and 1859. After the society joined with the Grass Valley lodge, they deeded the building to the town for use as a community center.

Our members have been proactive in developing agriculture and domestic animal husbandry. Over 50 years they have being an active participant in the preservation and restoration of historical buildings and colorful past of Rough and Ready. The history of Rough and Ready began with gold fever and the men and women that lived it. Colorful and still alive today, even after they seceded from The Union? A historical, hysterical reenactment play of Secession Day, the last Sunday in June. From a camp community to present day at the Grange Hall, Rough and Ready History is kept alive and well.  The frivolity of it all can be seen in the antics of the Rough and Ready FruitJar Pickers each Sunday from 10-12Noon.   Their eclectric group of back porch musicians and downhome fun, will bring a smile to all.  The Dollar Café, filled with hot coffee and homemade treats for sale adds to the ambiance of spending Sunday morning with the “Pickers”.