Spotted / Sutter Creek, CA / Monteverde General Store

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Happy 2015 and I hope everyone had a wonderful, joyful and restful holiday! I’ve enjoyed spending these past several weeks with family and loved ones, eating plenty, revisiting favorite spots and discovering new ones along the way. And I’m excited to kick off the new year and get back on the site to share many of these with you.

Over the break I did make my way back to Gold Country again and I’d love to continue from where I last left off and feature more of the gems I discovered out that way. One of the must-see spots in Sutter Creek is the Monteverde General Store—a completely preserved emporium of everyday goods which opened its doors in 1898 and closed in 1971. Owner John Monteverde Sr. of Genoa, Italy arrived in San Francisco in 1860 and made his way to Sutter Creek shortly after, first working in the gold mines and later as a stone mason. He met his wife in Sutter Creek and together they had seven children—all of them worked in the store over its many years. Their daughters continued running the shop after their father passed in 1918 and their mother’s health declined. On October 27, 1971 the daughters left a handwritten sign on the window noting the store would be closed for a few days, but it never reopened and everything has been left as-is to this day. The city finally reopened it as a museum in 1992.

To see the shop and learn more of its history, you need to call in advance and schedule an appointment with lead docent, Bob Fyock. Either he or one of the volunteers will kindly show you around the space. The display of old dry goods, everyday household and personal care items, hardware, supplies and vintage advertisements is truly fascinating.

Monteverde General Store
11 Randolph Street
Sutter Creek, CA 95685
By appointment only. To schedule a visit, call (209) 267-1431 or (209) 267-1344.

* All images by me, Leslie.