Welcome to the Sargents Project from the Famous Marching Presidents.


Nevada City is rich with history, encompassing the downtown district, which has been registered as a national historic landmark since 1985. The City boasts numerous galleries, museums, restaurants, quaint lodging with old-fashioned hospitality, parks, artisan festivals, theaters and music venues.

Preservation of the town’s historic appearance, the narrow streets and century old buildings are just a part of our unique history. The Famous Marching Presidents revere these early pioneers, who not only helped shape our town, but also changed the course of history for all citizens because of their courage and vision.

The most notable pioneers were U.S. Senator Aaron Augustus and Ellen Clark Sargent. Fiery abolitionist and early feminist Susan B. Anthony, along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, visited the Sargents at their Nevada City home in 1871. Ellen Clark Sargent was considered an influential pioneer suffragist. She was one of the tenacious trailblazing women who helped to initiate one of the most remarkable and successful nonviolent civil right efforts the world has ever seen.