Knight Foundry is OPEN for Second Saturday tours – next tour October 9th.

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. Discover the compelling history that is historic Knight Foundry!

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NARM Benefits: Knight Foundry is a member of the North American Reciprocal Membership program. If you have an active NARM-endorsed membership card from another organization, please email or call 209-560-6160 for details on the benefits we offer.

Knight Foundry opens at 10 a.m. and the last tour tickets are sold at 3 p.m. All tickets are sold at the door. No reservations are necessary.

Admission is $15 for adults 18 and older, $5 for students age 5-17, free for children under 5 and for Knight Foundry Alliance members. Click here to become a member.

On Public Tour Day, if you have a temperature, don’t feel well, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or any contagious illness, please postpone your visit. Thank you.

Upcoming Second Saturday Tour Dates (subject to change due to COVID-19 crisis guidance)
October 9, November 13, December 11

Classes at the Foundry
If you’re interested in joining the mailing list for future Foundry classes, including Blacksmithing, Pattern Making, and Introduction to Sand Casting, please contact us.

Private Tours
If your family, group, or organization would like to arrange a private tour of Knight Foundry:

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

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

This is a historic site. It is now fully operational with metal pours and blacksmithing demonstrations. There are tours conducted by people who know how a foundry works. There are many original pieces of machinery. There are many displays with explanations and old photos. Great experience in the way things were.

—Neil, May 2021

Knight Foundry is a national treasure. It’s the last water powered foundry in the United States, possibly in the world. This group of volunteers work very hard to keep the hundred-year-old machines operating the way they did during the Gold Rush. It’s well worth a visit. Also the town of Sutter Creek is very charming.

—John, February 2021

If you love to see working history you need to go here.

—Roger, January 2020

So much history to take in! Knight Foundry is a wonderful place to visit and see how the people back in those days made things work.

—William, April 2021

“It is a wonderful experience visiting the site. I highly recommend that you visit.”

— Mark, June 2021

SUMMER 2019, Knight Foundry Visitor Review

“We visited the foundry yesterday and took the tour. It was fantastic! The way you have it arranged let us take our time and get answers to any questions we had. You have a great group of well informed and friendly docents that made us feel as if we were talking with old friends. They were all enthusiastic about the foundry and machine shop and it showed that they cared a lot about it. You are certainly blessed to have volunteers of this caliber. We will tell our friends about you. Thank you – Chris & Gail”

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