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Plymouth was settled upon by Green Aden and others in search of quartz, but the reason for its growth as a town, was the potential of the mines.

Plymouth was established in 1871 and took a sudden jump in population when the mines were purchased by Hayward, D. O. Mills and company in 1873. In 1873 the precinct cast one hundred and seventy-five votes, in 1877 two hundred and seventy-five votes were cast and in 1880 over three hundred, showing the new town's steady growth. You will also hear the names Pokerville and Puckerville used as the name for Plymouth or were they Chinese Storeperhaps different towns established at the same place and same time, no one knows for sure.

As with most of the historic towns along Hwy 49, fire destroyed a great deal of Plymouth June 10th, 1877. It was said to be started by some children playing with matches in the rear of J. C. Williams' stable and spread over the upper part of the town reducing more than 20 buildings to ashes, with an estimated loss at fifty thousand dollars.

The town was identified with the prosperity of the mines, though there was considerable farming land in the vicinity which supplied hay and barley. The Shenandoah Valley was one of those rural areas. It had many farms and orchards. The area had a great climate for growing grapes and wineries were also established and continue to prosper today.

Plymouth Today
The city of Plymouth lies on flat to gently rolling terrain located at the lower elevations of the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Plymouth is well known as the site of the Amador County Fair which was started in 1938, and lauded as one of the last true county fairs in the state. Every year people from all over the world, as well as locals visit the fair the last weekend of July to enjoy a destruction derby, rodeo, animal judging, horse show, displays of antique equipment, plus music, arts, crafts, food and a carnival. Something to enjoy for the whole family.

Plymouth is also known as the "gateway to the Shenandoah Valley" boasting 21 wineries and the Amador Flower Farm. Before leaving Plymouth, a trip down Main Street is a must do on anyone's list.

Plymouth and Shenandoah Valley

Facts & Stats




1,086 ft.


Amador County


Temperatures range from 40 to 70 degrees in the winter and 80 to 100 in the summer.


Shenandoah Valley Wineries and Amador County Fair

Amador County Fair

Things To Do
Daffodil Hill, hiking, biking, gold panning, wineries, Amador County Fair, boating, fishing, camping, RVing, golf, Stone's Iris Garden - Volcano, Main Street Park, Norm Waters Park, Jackson Rancheria, Black Chasm Cavern

Amador County Fairgrounds
The annual Amador County Fair is held at the end of July and is credited with being one of the few remaining true old time county fairs. In the heart of the Gold Country, where the first discovery of gold brought thousands to these foothills and opened up the west. It was this influx of people that set in motion an immigration that continues today. Today's travelers come here to seek the new gold of full time family fun, premium wineries and a sense of living history. Our past makes a great present!

Amador County Fair

Amador County Fair

Throughout the ground's thirty-five acres, you will experience an authentic miniature frontier town, antique farm equipment and early mining equipment. An early vintage circular sawmill and a miniature late 1800's covered bridge over a creek falling from a rock waterfall leading to a lovely garden pool, lend an Old West beauty to the surrounding area with rolling green lawns, stately old oak trees and immaculately groomed buildings and grounds.

Please call the fair or check their website for a full schedule of events with dates and information.
Amador County Fairgrounds, P.O. Box 9, Plymouth CA., 209-245-6921,

Towns Close by
Amador City, Sutter Creek, Jackson, Volcano, Fiddletown, Drytown,

Amador County Fair

Close By Points of Interest


Amador Flower Farm
12 acres of gardens in the Shenandoah Valley, specializing in daylilies with over 650 varieties and over 200 unusual perennials.


Shenandoah Valley Wine Country
Award winning wineries located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. All 21 wineries offer wine tasting,. Enjoy an art gallery, picnic areas, beautiful landscaping, a museum, gift shops, and wine cellars.


Sutter Gold Mine
take an underground tour over 400 feet in a gold filled mine. Pan for gold, visit the gift shop, discover how gold was mined in years gone by and how modern technology has replaced the past.


Chaw-Se Grinding Rock State Historic Park
a 135-acre park preserves a great outcropping of marbleized limestone with over 1,185 mortar holes, the largest collection of bedrock mortar in North America.


Chew Kee Store
Chinese rammed earth building established as herb shop during the Gold Rush. Fiddletown Road, Fiddletown.


Shenandoah Valley Museum
dedicated to the Pioneer farmers of the past who established the agriculture and viticulture of the Shenandoah Valley.


Plymouth Walking Tour
Visit 12 historic locations. Pick up map at the city Clerks Office on Main Street.


Plymouth Consolidated Mine
only the gallus frame ruin remains. Total production was in excess of $13.5 million.


Plymouth and Shenandoah Valley

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Plymouth House Inn

Plymouth House Inn
A very cozy Bed & Breakfast Inn, just a mile from Shenandoah's 30+ Wineries.  A turn of the century Victorian home featuring a lively history. Antiques stuff the Seven Guest Rooms, some of which give a view of the 1895, Antique Carousel.  A complimentary Wine Hour, Coffee Service delivered to your bedroom door & a full breakfast add to the luxury of your stay.  Our  Carousel Event Park with its beautiful Carousel is perfect for Garden Parties & Outdoor Events. Absolutely the most Unique Setting for that Magical & Unforgettable Wedding
9525 Main Street, Plymouth, CA

Plymouth House Inn


Flower Farm

Amador Flower Farm
Flower FarmLocated in the picturesque Shenandoah Valley, we have 4 acres of gardens, 800 varieties of daylilies, hundreds of unique perennials and grasses, a fabulous nursery, gift shop, pumpkin patch, picnic tables, Christmas display and more!
"Daylilies begin to bloom in April with some varieties lasting through October!"
OPEN DAILY 9-4 year 'round!
209 245-6660
22001 Shenandoah School Rd
Plymouth, CA

Flower Farm

Real Estate

Ann Kiester Sierra Gold Realty
Sierra Gold Realty

Ann Kiester - Sierra Gold Realty
Get it sold with Sierra Gold
I have built a reputation for client satisfaction, as well as being devoted to making your move as easy as possible. Finding or selling the right home or property is just the beginning of the services I will provide for you. I will assist you every step of the way to ensure a pleasant experience. Doing business in Amador and So. El Dorado Counties.

Fax 209-245-6111

9313 Pacific Street & Hwy-49
Plymouth, CA 95669



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