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Part of the Empire Mine State Park, available for weddings and private events.

The Bourne family home for the original mining operations is a part of the Empire Mine State Park... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Santa Cruz, California
Time travel to 1906

Our visit to the Bourn Cottage was the introduction to visit Filoli in Woodside, CA, the bigger... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Menlo Park, Kalifornien
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Empire Mine State Park, Grass Valley, CA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Bourne family home for the original mining operations is a part of the Empire Mine State Park, available for weddings and private events.

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our visit to the Bourn Cottage was the introduction to visit Filoli in Woodside, CA, the bigger estate from the Bourn family. The tour in the house was a blast for us, four actors playing William Bourn and his cousin George Starr and their wives...More

Thank StefanCal
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Charming, historical, cottage especially during the holidays when the cottage is full of the 'family' in period costumes welcoming you to the warmth of this 'cottage' from the Gold Mining days. The grounds are lovely year round. A reminder of the graciousness of living in...More

Thank sashalomi
Reviewed 18 June 2018

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 jimkT3841HO
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
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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