Griffith Quarry, Penryn

#10 of 10 in Museums in Placer County
Griffith Quarry, a registered California Historical Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was a former granite quarry near Penryn, California.
The quarry was established by Griffith Griffith, a native of Wales, in 1864. The quarry produced high-quality granite used to construct many buildings in San Francisco and Sacramento, including parts of the California State Capitol. The that surround the 2-story building, made of granite blocks, are the remains of the quarry and its polishing mill. This mill was the first successful granite polishing mill in California.
The office of the quarry is now the Griffith Quarry Museum that contains history about the site as well as other local history. Some of the original furniture of the Griffith Quarry is intact.
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  • This old granite quarry was fun to show my son. The big water hole looked like a a dinosaur could step out at any moment. Nice place for a walk or picnic. The gentleman who opened the old museum was h...  more »
  • It is a quiet and serene place. But there are plenty of picnic areas among the oaks and shrubs, so that part of the park I imagine is quite boisterous when there are many people here. Easily accessible, fun short hiking trail to explore the area. Free museum open weekend afternoons is worth a quick stop.
  • Spring time is the best time to go. There are lots of winding trails to explore with a ton of buckeye trees. In spring time there are hundreds of varieties of wildflowers. The history of the park is quite interesting. During the fall you are in the heart of mandarin country so within a few minutes you can get a bag of the best mandarins in the state. Lots of critters and wild life there as well. Pro tip. Look out for poison oak...leaves of three let them be.

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