The undeniable charms of Weaverville, the county seat of Trinity County, have earned it a place on the National Register of Historic Places, and may even have been the inspiration for the mythical city of Shangri-la in James Hilton’s Lost Horizons. Established as a gold mining town in 1850, its boom-time population included around 2000 Chinese gold miners who carved out their own Chinatown. With this eclectic mix of history, Weaverville’s Old West flavor still lives on in the downtown buildings and museums.
Today, the town has a thriving artist community that supports several galleries and a new performing arts center. With ongoing festivals, events, farmers markets, and plays, you can always find something to see or do in Weaverville. It also serves as a hub to the abundant wilderness surrounding it.