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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January 2018

September 2017

SACRAMENTO VALLEY: Knight Foundry: A Window into the Industrial Technology of the 1800s


By: Carl Gwyn (9-19-17) Nestled in a corner of the beautiful Gold Rush town of Sutter Creek, you’ll find the only remaining water-powered foundry in the United States. Established in 1873 to supply equipment for the Gold Rush and other developing industries of the new state of California, Knight Foundry operated continuously, with little technological [...]

Mercury News: California’s newest historic site is pure gold for families


Built in 1873 at the height of the Gold Rush's second wave, Sutter Creek's Knight Foundry was one of the nation's first hydroelectric foundries. Today it's the last of its kind. (Photo: Jackie Burrell/Bay Area News Group) SUTTER CREEK — Long narrow belts whir across the ceiling of the cavernous structure, the sound buzzing, thrumming [...]

July 2017

Native Sons of the Golden West – Sutter Creek Retro Ramblings


By: Douglas Love, Grand HistorianTucked in the golden foothills of the Mother Lode is a jewel of a town. As a matter of fact, it is known as “The Jewel of The Mother Lode” and it is Sutter Creek. Sutter Creek was founded by John Sutter in 1846 as a lumber camp. The lumbering in [...]

May 2017

The American Foundry Society features Knight’s Foundry – May 2017


Efforts to Preserve Historic Knight Foundry Get a Boost May 2, 2017 The Knight Foundry facility (Sutter Creek, California) was recently donated to Sutter Creek, California. The facility made its last casting in 1996, and there was concern about its future. It was placed on a list of endangered historic places by the National Trust [...]

April 2017

Society for Historical Archeology Newsletter Features Sutter Creek’s Knight Foundry & Machine Shop


Society for Historical Archeology (SHA) newsletter, which featured Sutter Creek's Knight Foundry & Machine Shop was distributed world-wide in April 2017. The article, found on pages 27-29, was written by Kimberly Wooten who lives in Jackson. Kimberley is a professional historian/archeologist and is the Pacific West Research Coordinator for SHA. You can download and read [...]

Vestiges of Amador-The Annals of Knight Foundry, Part 3


Ledger Dispatch article by Deborah Cook on Apr 16, 2017 Updated Apr 27, 2017 "Just three short blocks off Highway 49 in Sutter Creek, straddling both sides of Eureka and Borgh Way, sits one of the most unique industrial factories in the United States – Knight Foundry. This water-powered wonder has sat mostly idle for [...]

Vestiges of Amador-The Annals of Knight Foundry, Part 2


Ledger Dispatch article by Deborah Cook on Apr 9, 2017 Updated Apr 27, 2017 "Sutter Creek is home to many historic treasures, but none so unique as Knight Foundry. This engineering marvel was the product of the dreams and imagination of Samuel Newman Knight, a native of Maine, who came to California in 1862. Before [...]