A visit to Nevada County would not be complete if you didn't visit this Empire State Mine, since it is probably what made most of the town anyways. But really this place turned out to be a lot of fun, so let's go and see.
The museum also seemed to act like a little geology exhibition.
This was the highlight of our visit, as these guys shared some living history with us and even gave us a demonstration.
Below they showed us their vial of gold that they collect in a local river.
Here's what the salt spoon looked like when finished, after all the pounding and bending.
After the show was over we left the blacksmith area and looked around, while making our way to the cottage.
The cottage featured some fountains in front, which captured our attention. JH remarked how he wished this was his house and yard.
On some days you can get a tour of the cottage, but the day we went it wasn't open. Instead we peered through the windows.
View from the back of the house...
The back exterior of the house has a rose garden, that of course was not in bloom while we were there. Instead we traversed the very icy path admiring a frozen bird-bath.
After the cottage we headed back to the main entrance where we explored the gift shop and JH got some souvenirs to take home.