Modern Day Sutter Creek

A charming balance of old and new, today’s Sutter Creek maintains its Gold Rush facade while catering to the wants and needs of visitors from around the world. Shop, dine, slumber, stroll, wine taste, and enjoy the atmosphere of Sutter Creek in California’s Amador County.

Located about 45 miles southeast of Sacramento. Sutter Creek is ideally situated in the heart of the Sierra Foothill Wine Country and is Amador County’s most walkable town with Bed and Breakfast Inns, restaurants, wine tasting rooms and shops on beautiful Main Street.

Sutter Creek is the perfect hub to explore the Sierra Foothill Wine regions including Amador’s own Shenandoah Valley, El Dorado County’s Fairplay region and Calaveras County’s wine region. Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley has become a thriving and popular wine growing region of California and is often quoted as being “like Napa and Sonoma were thirty five years ago.“

Plan to visit Sutter Creek, the Jewel of the Motherlode, and one of California's finest and friendliest small towns.

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Sutter Creek’s Historic, Industrial Crown Jewel. The Knight Foundry, set in the heart of Sutter Creek, is America’s last water-powered foundry and machine shop. Established in 1873 by Samuel Knight, this extraordinary facility includes the unique historic equipment and machinery, still in place in its original context, just as it was during its gold rush-era heyday.

Knight Foundry is nationally recognized as a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark and a California Registered Historical Landmark. The Foundry is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s eleven most endangered historic places.  

Knight Foundry is open for PUBLIC TOURS on the second Saturday of each month. Next tour: July 8. Click here for details and past events.

historic photo of knight foundry sutter creekAmador’s Heritage
As a part of Amador County’s industrial heritage corridor, the Knight Foundry will join the Kennedy Mine, Kennedy Tailing Wheels, Central Eureka Mine, and Miners’ Bend Park to tell the story of how local industry created, and then contributed to, the viability of the Mother Lode communities of Sutter Creek, Amador City, Jackson, and others. The Foundry will serve as an educational resource that provides a unique window into Amador’s history and heritage.

A Unique Educational Facility
The Knight Foundry is a premier relic of Mother Lode gold mining history. From precision equipment for our hard-rock gold mines, to the lights of San Francisco, to the impulse turbine systems that powered many of the state’s hydroelectric plants, the Foundry literally helped to build California. This Unique facility will allow partnership opportunities for colleges and universities to provide hands- on training to engineering, museum studies, and history students.

A National Mechanical Engineering Monument
The Knight Foundry is the last water-powered foundry and machine shop in America, and one of the nation’s best preserved 19th-century industrial complexes. The preservation and restoration of the Knight Foundry provides an unparalleled opportunity to protect the history of industrial technologies as they were traditionally implemented, and to pass them on to future generations.

Help us preserve the Knight Foundry: Donate Now!


The land and buildings of the Knight Foundry complex have been donated to the City of Sutter Creek! After nearly two decades of negotiations, the City of Sutter Creek has obtained title to the Knight Foundry complex and we are now in a position to forever preserve this unique asset for our community.

At long last, the Knight Foundry will be preserved forever.knight foundry lathe

In January the Knight Foundry Alliance was formed, and is working closely with the City of Sutter Creek, the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation, the Amador Community Foundation and other local organizations to launch this historic project. This group of City Council members and enthusiastic volunteers has been tasked with finalizing the transaction, and implementing urgent security and stabilization repairs.

But there’s an immediate need, and we hope we can count on you for help.

The City now owns the property and the buildings, but in order to complete the transaction we must purchase the historic contents of the buildings – the irreplaceable, invaluable and unique historic equipment and machinery that is still in place in its original context. While the contents are priceless, the owner has generously set the purchase price at $325,000. The final deadline for the purchase is October 15th but we are striving to complete this purchase by April 15th to avoid a 10% penalty on funds paid after the April date.

As a small city with limited means, the City of Sutter Creek cannot complete this purchase outright. The City simply doesn’t have the budget available to purchase the contents and stabilize the property, all while funding other City obligations. And unfortunately, our deadline is too tight to apply for grants from most foundations.

The only way to raise the money is through private donations. We cannot do this without your help.

Please visit our DONATE NOW page to select among the attractive options.