The Heart of the Gold Country

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This historic 15-room classic Greek Revival dwelling in Jackson, CA was constructed in 1854 to be the home of Armstead C. Brown (January 10, 1816 - early February, 1903). He was an American farmer, miner and lawyer originally from Wisconsin. He  moved to California as a 49er where he became one of the founding fathers of Amador County.
Located here in Amador County, just outside the quaint village of Volcano, Black Chasm Cavern was designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service in 1976 after being recommended by local members of the National Speleological Society, and as such is considered a "nationally significant natural area.”

The "Chew Kee" is a Chinese rammed earth structure established as an herb shop during the Gold Rush. Dr. Yee Fong Cheung, an herb doctor who was operating the store in the early years, came to America to administer to the medical needs of the Chinese miners, later also tending to the Chinese railroad workers. In the 1880's a man known only by his store name of "Chew Kee" owned the shop and was providing groceries and supplies to the Chinese community. By 1910, however, there were only four Chinese Americans residing in Fiddletown.

Amador County Museum's Kennedy and North Star Mine Model Exhibits include three operating models of mining structures.
Tours: Saturdays at 11 am and 1 pm. Groups by appointment.
(209) 257-1485

 

The Kennedy Mine, famous for being one of the deepest gold mines in the world (at 5912 feet), demonstrates how gold changed an entire way of life in California.  Prospected in 1860, reorganized in 1886 and continuously run until 1942, the Kennedy Gold Mine produced approximately $34,280,000 in gold.  One of the tallest head frames in existence today can be seen at the Kennedy Mine. The mine also had one of the largest stamp mills in the Mother Lode, moving tailings by means of huge wooden wheels, some of which are still standing.
 
The Monteverde General Store Museum, located in the heart of the California Gold Country and right on the 49'er Gold Rush Trail, is an excellent example of a perfectly preserved General Store from the mid 1800's. The picturesque Monteverde Store is a wonderful historical location that gives you a glimpse into how things were in the Wild West. This particular building, with all its history and significance to the people of Sutter Creek and their ancestors, is definitely a must see while in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. 

Founded in 1856, this Registered Historic Landmark is among the oldest wineries in California. The Sobon family pioneered the planting of Rhône varietals in the foothills, and all grapes are organically grown. The winery is the site of the Shenandoah Valley Museum of early agriculture and winemaking and one of the prettiest picnic areas in the county.

The Sutter Creek Fire Department History Project is restoring and recreating vintage fire equipment used in the Mother Lode for the last 150-plus years.

The Sutter Creek Fire History Projects were started in 2005 by the Sutter Creek Fire District (SCFD) and the Sutter Creek Volunteer Fire Department (SCVFD) to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Sutter Creek Fire District. The initial project was to research and develop a written/graphic history of the organizations’ service to Sutter Creek and Amador County.