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Facinating picture of the gold mining era in Northern California

The Bourne cottage is on the grounds of the Empire Mine State Park. This is a beautiful spot for a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Grass Valley, California
Learned the history of the Cottage

My husband and I visited Empire Mine Historic State Park and while there we went on the tour of the... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2017
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Empire Mine State Park, Grass Valley, CA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Bourne cottage is on the grounds of the Empire Mine State Park. This is a beautiful spot for a picnic, a hike (easy) or just a stroll through the grounds. If possible, visit when local docents are present in historic costume to fill you...More

Thank Rohdan
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

My husband and I visited Empire Mine Historic State Park and while there we went on the tour of the cottage that the Bourne family vacationed in. It was an extra $2 ($7 for the park) but worth it as you felt like you were...More

Thank KCJ44
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We visited right after Christmas and the cottage wasn't open for tours. We did enjoy strolling the grounds and admiring the property. Well maintained property next to the Empire Mine.

Thank Chuck8700
Reviewed 18 January 2017

History of the Gold Rush and Hardrock mining is abundant at the Empire mine in Grass Valley, CA. Look for good weather and plan on spending a full day or two at this amazing place. You will not be disapointed. An especially great family outing.

Thank John N
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

William Bourn, Jr. was owner of the Empire mine and changed local, national and world history forever. Mr. Bourne occupied at times the Empire Cottage, designed by famed architect Willis Polk, and the Clubhouse known for its lavish parties. You can stroll through the rose...More

Thank Jim K
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Friendly docents in historical garb. Fun to try to get them to break character! Worthwhile...take your time in the cottage.

Thank Carrie H
Reviewed 10 September 2016

During April to September on the week ends, you can relive history. Be a guest of Mr and Mrs Bourne. Be invited into the kitchen to hear Katy tell about her life as the care taker and cook of the Cottage. Live during 1905!

Thank N8716GUpatriciaa
Reviewed 19 July 2016

After living in Grass Valley for many years I finally visited the Bourne Cottage. The story of the Bourne family and the history of this house is well worth the visit.

Thank Dalton C
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Beautiful landscaping,botany and things to see,takes you back in Time to really know how it was to be high class in the old days

Thank ambermoonc
Reviewed 25 June 2016

A very romantic wedding site. The photos were great. The fountains, reflection pond and grounds are exceptional for a wedding.

Thank debral474
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Sandra U
21 May 2016|
Response from Suz537 | Reviewed this property |
William Bowers Bourn, Jr.: In 1879, Mr. Bourn’s 22-year-old son, William B. Bourn, Jr., took over management of the mine to keep it from closing. Fortunately, he was able to lead the mine back to profit. He was later able... More