Knight Foundry is OPEN the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of every month.

Visit Knight Foundry
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 our Demonstration Day on the 2nd Saturday of every month, or the Self-Guided Walking Tour on the 4th Saturday.
knight foundry historic photo

Every month on Demonstration Day we fire up the antique blacksmithing forge, demonstrate the magnificent and still-intact machinery, and show visitors the ancient arts of pattern making and sand casting. You can tour at your own pace, meeting and talking with expert docents throughout the complex. All demonstrations are included in the ticket price.

Our new Self-Guided Walking Tour is an innovative, interactive new way to see the Foundry. As on Demonstration Days, docents will be on hand to run the machinery and talk with you during your visit.

  • Knight Foundry opens at 10 a.m. and tickets are sold up to 3 p.m. on the 2nd Saturday and at 2 p.m. on the 4th Saturday.
  • 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 Knight Foundry Alliance members. Click here to become a member.

NARM and Time Traveler Benefits: If you have an active membership card from another organization that is endorsed by NARM or Time Traveler, your admission to Knight Foundry is free on public tour days. Just present your card at our ticket counter.

On public tour days, 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.

2024 Scheduled Open Dates
June 8 & 22, July 13 & 27, August 10 & 24, September 14 & 28, October 12 & 26, November 9 & 23, December 14 & 28

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

Compliments on what you have all done to bring the Foundry back to life. It’s a history of technology treasure.
— Bill, November 2023

Every tour guide seemed informed, interested, and committed to making our visit worthwhile.
— Vicki, November 2023
My wife and I are regular visitors to Sutter Creek. We’ve actually never visited Sutter Creek without visiting the Foundry and Gift Shop.
— James, October 2023
What a great thing this is!
— Lisa, March 2022