Historic Weaverville, California is a rural community nestled at the base of the Trinity Alps Wilderness area in Trinity County, California. Founded in 1850, Weaverville is a historic California Gold Rush town.
It was once home to approximately 2,000 Chinese gold miners. the Weaverville Joss House is California’s oldest Chinese temple, which was made part of the California State Parks in 1956. Guided tours display pictures, art objects, mining tools, and weapons used in the 1854 Tong War. The Chinese played a big part in California Gold Rush, and the Joss House stands as a reminder of those early years when the Wild West was young.
The Jake Jackson Museum is one of the more interesting western historical facilities on the West Coast. Some of it’s exhibits include:
Ditch Tender Cabin: This cabin was home to one of many ditch tenders for the La Grange mine.
Davis Blacksmith Shop: The Blacksmith Shop provides tools and instruction for blacksmiths of every degree of expertise.
Paymaster Stamp Mill: This replica houses the only working steam powered stamp mill on the west coast.
Denny Sawmill: This replica houses the only working steam stamp mill on the west coast.
Weaverville hosts an active visual and performing arts community with many galleries, coffeehouses and a new performing arts center. Performances and art openings are continuous throughout the year insuring great entertainment on almost any given weekend.
On the National Register of Historic Places, Weaverville is the county seat of Trinity County and has also been recently designated a Preserve America Community.