Nov 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Rush to Old Gold Rush Town

Weaverville, California made the list for Best Small Towns in a recent copy (09/10/2012) of Budget Travel magazine.  It’s small alright with a population of only 3,600 happy souls.  Sure you’ll find a saloon, a main street and some old hitching posts but the 138 year old Chinese temple has seniors rushing over to this historical site.

History abounds throughout Weaverville that was founded way back in 1850. It is a historic California Gold Rush town nestled at the foot of the current Trinity Alps Wilderness Area.

Weaverville, once home to approximately 2,000 Chinese gold miners,  had its own Chinatown and thus explains the old temple that remains the home of California’s oldest continuously used Chinese temple. On display are art objects, pictures, mining tools, and weapons used in the 1854 Tong War.

This Taoist temple is still a place of worship and a fascinating look into the role played by Chinese immigrants in early California history. The temple was built in 1874 as a replacement for another that had burned. The Joss House State Historic Park is now managed by the park system and is open to senior visitors all year round.

It’s a “small gem”

Weaverville is a small gem of a town (a veritable Shangri-La) on the National Register of Historic Places. Senior visitors can easily spend a day just strolling around, visiting art galleries, museums and other historic structures. Tiny as it be it draws seniors to its arts, history and recreation sites.

Weaverville hosts an active visual and performing arts community with many galleries, coffee houses and a new performing arts center. Performances and art openings continue throughout the year insuring great entertainment on almost any given weekend.

And of course in California, bring along your best corkscrew as there’s plenty of fine wine in most all areas. Quickly becoming a regional hub for award winning wines, Trinity County features a number of quality vineyards and wines.  Each of these local vineyards feature wine tasting.

Trinity County

Weaverville, on the National Register of Historic Places is the county seat of Trinity County and has also been recently designated a Preserve America Community.  Trinity County features vast resources and vibrant communities beyond Weaverville.  Some seniors enjoy specs on small communities and Weaverville has some interesting ones on median ages and house or condo value. The town is about fifty miles west of Redding and about 105 miles east of Eureka. Weaver Creek runs nearby and locust trees complete the rural setting.

Things for Seniors to See and to Do

Small as it is, Lonely Planet has come up with a dozen things to do in Weaverville. TripAdvisor mentions the Heritage Scenic Byway that when you arrive by car, you will want to see. Named for the historical routes of the Trinity Alps to the west and Trinity Divide County to the east, the Trinity Heritage Scenic Byway has numerous vistas and outstanding natural attractions.

The Weaverville Hotel

The Weaverville Hotel and Emporium has within a two block radius, a gym (guests have gym privileges), a coffee house, several good restaurants, two antique stores, the recently renovated Trinity Theatre, several art galleries, the historic Chinese Joss House, and the Jake Jackson Museum and Blacksmith .

There are several interesting shops as well, including Emporium, featuring fine chocolates, old books and photos, antique reproduction silver jewelry and collectibles, European fragrances and soaps, retro-style clothing, and other gift items.

Want to know some intimate details of what’s happening in Weaverville?  The Trinity Journal has it all just waiting for your eyes to follow the local news. There seems to be lots of just plain old “hometown” folks who love where they live and would not consider living anywhere else. If you enjoy small towns like me (my hometown in Iowa had only 300 residents), Weaverville will fill the bill.  jeb

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