KNIGHT FOUNDRY … PRESERVING OUR HISTORY

Sutter Creek’s Historic, Industrial Crown Jewel. The Knight Foundry, set in the heart of Sutter Creek, California, 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 was named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s eleven most endangered historic places.

Amador’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. When restoration is completed, this unique facility will allow partnership opportunities for high schools, colleges, and universities to provide hands-on training to engineering, museum studies, and history students, and will be a center for teaching crafts and skills that are in danger of dying out.

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.

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EXPERIENCE THE KNIGHT FOUNDRY

Public Knight Foundry Self-Guided Tours
Knight Foundry in Sutter Creek is America’s last water-powered foundry and machine shop and a premier relic of Mother Lode gold mining history. Join us for one of our Self-Guided Tours on the second Saturday of every month.

Tours are now self-guided, so visitors can spend all the time they want in the Foundry complex, talking with docents and marveling at the magnificent machinery that’s still intact and operating.

Self-Guided Tours begin at 10 a.m and conclude at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults 18 and older, $5 for students age 5-17, free for children under 5.

Discover the compelling history that is historic Knight Foundry! 

Upcoming Tour Dates:
April 13, May 11, June 8
No reservations are necessary.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, May 4 – Sutter Creek’s Historic Knight Foundry Announces a Hands-On Workshop
Come play in the sand at the Foundry! Sutter Creek’s historic Knight Foundry presents “Introduction to Sand Casting & Foundry Practice,” its first on-site class since the early 1990s. In this full-day, hands-on workshop, taught by Knight Foundry’s own experts, students will experience the entire foundry workflow, from sand preparation and conditioning to bench molding, furnace operation, casting, and much more. Knight Foundry staff will pour completed student molds in aluminum.

The workshop is Saturday, May 4, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The fee is $200, which includes all materials and lunch. Space is limited.

For more information, to register, or to join the mailing list for future classes, please call 209-560-6160 or email TheKnightFoundry@gmail.com.

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Saturday, June 8 – Save the date for a Summer Barbecue at the Foundry. More information coming soon.

Can’t make it to the foundry? Visit our online Gift Shop.

Private Tours
If your family, group, or organization would like to arrange a private tour of Knight Foundry, please contact Ron Edgar at theknightfoundry@gmail.com or 209-560-6160.

See you at the Foundry! 81 Eureka Street, Sutter Creek, California 95685