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“Take the docent tour.”

Empire Mine State Historic Park
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Owner description: The remains of one of the West's most lucrative gold mines have been preserved as a historic park.
Reviewed June 7, 2012

Beautiful grounds. Proof that the 1% always live well.

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Reviewed June 5, 2012

It was interesting to see, lost of history! The home (cottage) is gorgeous! The grounds are well manicured and very pretty gardens. Not sure kids would have a good time - not much for them to see or do.

Thank Jeanne T
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

The gardens are beautiful at Empire Mine; colorful flowers, lush lawns, big trees and lovely water features. The mining history was fascinating and we enjoyed looking at the rocks in the shop.

Thank Lea B
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

The combination of mining history with magnificent gardens is good afternoon fun.

Thank Yotam S
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

The Empire Mine SHP offers a little bit of everything to visitors; a museum, historic houses and gardens, hiking trails, living history, docent led tours and more. We went on a fascinating, docent-led Mineyard tour,* learning about hardrock mining. Touring the museum was really interesting, ESPECIALLY the 3-D model of the mines existing under Grass Valley and Nevada City. Walking through the heirloom rose garden in spring was heavenly; I didn't know previously that heirloom roses are significantly more fragrant than modern roses. My husband enjoyed all of the mine equipment on display in the mineyard. We were through in 2-3 hours but have more exploring left to do on future visits, like touring the historic houses and hiking on the trails. Don't deprive yourself of this gem!

*I MUST give a shout out to California Parks docents who are helping keep parks alive with their volunteer hours during our fiscal crisis. It's a labor of love.)

Thank rockyhillgal
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