Living history at the Empire Mine State Historic Park
is one of the main attractions of the Park. Every weekend
from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend volunteers dressed in 1905
period costumes entertain park visitors at the Cottage. Also on selected weekends there is living history in the mine yard ( for detailed schedules click here ).
Cottage Living History: You're invited for a tour
inside the Bourn Cottage, as Volunteers in period dress
recreate characters from Empire's colorful past. This two
story country home of William Bourn, Jr., styled after the
noble estates of nineteenth century England, was built in
the late 1890's. The architecture is distinguished by a
remarkable redwood interior, leaded glass windows and
massive granite walls.
Mineyard Living History: The historic Mineyard comes alive as volunteers portray workers of the past and enact a working day at the mine. Meet the office staff, and other mine workers, see and hear the working machinery, smell the Blacksmith's burning coal and feel the coolness of the mineshaft.