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Bourn House

10791 E Empire St, Nevada City, CA 95945-7432
+1 530-273-8522
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A "must do" when you are in Nevada City

We always love to take a day , rain or shine, here at the empirer mine and grounds. there often are... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2018
karenann d
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Auburn, California
Beautiful and Interesting History

Bourn Cottage is on the Estate Grounds at Empire Mine State Historic Park. It was built in 1897 by... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2018
Nancy K
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Grass Valley
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One of the attractions at Empire Mine State Historic Park.
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10791 E Empire St, Nevada City, CA 95945-7432
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Reviewed 15 February 2018

We always love to take a day , rain or shine, here at the empirer mine and grounds. there often are docents dressed up to offer a wonderful and educational proformance. playing the parts of the Bourn family including their indepth history form the gold...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Bourn Cottage is on the Estate Grounds at Empire Mine State Historic Park. It was built in 1897 by Willis Polk and was the "business" home of William Bourn Jr. It's lovely! If you visit from May until Labor Day there is living history in...More

Thank Nancy K
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Reviewed 24 December 2017

This is an amazing house to tour (you only get to see the ground floor, none of the upstairs). The only unfortunate part is that you have to go on a guided tour (there was only one offered on the day we were there) which...More

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Reviewed 12 August 2017

All of the Empire Mine State Historic Park is very interesting. We spent most of the day there, having brought a picnic lunch which we ate at the picnic tables by the parking area, under the trees. We were very fortunate to be there on...More

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Reviewed 22 July 2017

Tour was very informative. Also included a trip to the main mine shaft, but not a descent in to the actual mine. The grounds are beautiful and shaded by large conifers.

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Reviewed 29 May 2017

The Bourn House grounds are magnificent! We'd go back just to see it at a different time of year! Ray, our docent, had amazing grasp of the history of the property, and exhibited it on both tours, each of which offered different perspectives! I thought...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

If you are a local you know how to get in free if your not a local the money is worth it. What a beautiful house that takes you back in time. So wonderful and always educational.

Thank Aundrea D
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Empire Mine is a wonderful museum where you can stroll and imagine life in the mining community. Bourn House is the residence of the owners of the mine. It sits on sprawling lawn and flowers. The buildings were preserved so visitors get a feel what...More

Thank 95dianag
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

The tour of the Empire mine, and of the home of the Bourne Family is led by an excellent team of docents and provides an eye into the hard work of miners and the elegance of the privileged mine owner! This is the same family,...More

Thank Patricia Rusert G
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is actually the Empire Mine State Park located in Grass Valley Calif. not Nevada City, the distance between the two cities is approx 4.5 miles. It's a beautiful park with flowering grounds, walking paths and horse riding trails. It has a great mining exhibit...More

Thank David P
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