Highway 49--Gold Rush Country
Monteverde General Store Museum 11 Randolph St., (209) 267-1431. Thur-M by appt. Free.
Located on a side street, this museum is the actual interior of an 1890s general store. The store opened in 1896 and has been preserved as it was when it closed for business in 1971. The shelves are loaded with appropriate merchandise—dry goods, clothing, penny candy. Look for the original cast-iron pot-belly stove and an ornately carved oak icebox that is set into the wall. Note that hours are not set are dependent upon the availability of volunteers.
Next door is the small office that houses AmadorArts Gallery, where murals by local artist Rand Hugget depicting Sutter Creek’s history are hand-painted onto the walls. The gallery also features a new collection of works by local artists each month.
(209) 267-9038. M-Tues & Thur-F, 9am-2pm, Sat-Sun noon-4pm.
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