Empire Mine SHP - Weddings & Special Events

Due to the state’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 wedding lottery will be postponed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your continued support of California State Parks. We look forward to hosting your special event once it is safe again to do so.

For the latest updates on the safety measures State Parks is taking, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.


Bourn Residence ImageThe Empire Mine State Historic Park is the site of one of the oldest, largest, and richest hardrock gold mines in California. From 1850 when gold was discovered here, until its closure in 1956, an estimated 5.8 million ounces of gold were extract-ed from the 367 miles of underground passages.

Bourn Residence and Gardens"The Cottage" was the summer residence of William & Agnes Bourn, the owners of the Empire Mine from 1877-1929. The Bourns enjoyed a rich and active social life as evidenced by the lovely gardens, residences, tennis court and clubhouse. The Bourn Cottage is now a popular wedding site and offers a beautiful and unique setting for your event within a California State Historic Park.

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