A visit to the Empire Mine after Thanksgiving is getting to be a holiday tradition for many families in Grass Valley. Docents and staff do an all out effort to decorate the mine for the holidays and re-create life in a gold Mine as it was in the early 1900’s when Empire Mine ranked as one of the oldest, largest and most prosperous hard rock gold mines in North America. Living History coordinator Bev Skinner says children will want to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Club house and at the Borne Cottage, docents recreate the larger than life characters who shaped northern California’s History.
The Bourn’s cook and housekeeper, Katie Moriarty will be in the kitchen.
For a close up look at what a miners life was like, a visit to the old mine yard and blacksmith shop is highly recommended. And Sr. Park Aid Ehren Pelonio says for many a visit to the Gift Shop on the way out is another highlight.
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Holidays at Empire Mine Runs Friday and Saturday November 29-30th. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the activities are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission to the Park is $7 adults 17+, $3 for children 6-16, under 6 FREE.