Empire State Historic Mine hosts events all weekend
Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley will be the scene Mother’s Day weekend of arts, flowers and re-created history.
If you have never been to the park, you’re in for a treat. Expanses of green lawn, rose arbors, fountains and huge old trees lend the feeling of a lush estate. Several architecturally designed buildings are of interest, especially the famous rock, leaded glass, and redwood Bourn Cottage (only 4,600 square feet), about which volunteers in period costume will tell stories. Indeed, Mr. and Mrs. Bourn and their guests will greet you and speak to you as if you were visiting in the year 1905. In the mine yard, volunteers portray workers of the past and enact a working day at the mine.
The museum tells of the days when the richest gold mine in California history was operational night and day for more than a hundred years, finally ceasing mining operations in 1956. Nineteen years later, the state purchased the nearly 800 acres, which included the site of the Empire Mine, adjacent mines, forest land and the cottage and landscaped grounds of the former owner William Bourn Jr.
Fast forward to the present, and artists such as potter Andrew Sellery and watercolorist Wanda Avery will be demonstrating their work and answering questions of the many visitors expected. For sale will be fine art, blown glass, furniture, jewelry, and minerals, as well as food and beverages.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the interpretive and educational programs at the park in cooperation with the Empire Mine Park Association.
WHAT: Mother’s Day weekend Open House at Empire Mine
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHERE: 10791 East Empire St., Grass Valley
ADMISSION: $3 adults (over 17); $1 children from 6-16; children under 6 are free.
INFORMATION: 273 8522; on the Web http://www.empiremine.org
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