Just south of Angels Camp along Highway 49 sits a 162-year-old building with crumbling stone walls known as the Romaggi Adobe.
The building was constructed by an Italian stonemason named James Romaggi, who came to the foothills in search of gold. He struck it rich and returned to Italy to bring back his future bride.
"He built the house for her," said Adrian Nestor, an Angels Camp man who has been on a 12-year mission to restore the structure.
Nestor's vision of creating a museum in the Adobe is now moving forward - a "rebirth" project, as he puts it.
A work crew installed asphalt Thursday, satisfying a building permit requirement that there must be vehicle access to the site. The work is being paid for by Romaggi's great-great-grandson, who lives in Stockton.
Nestor has actually tracked down 11 Romaggi descendents, from Canada to England.
For the complete story, see the April 17, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.