In 1861, A.J. Bayley built the beautiful Bayley House in Pilot Hill. Bayley built the house/mansion thinking that it could be used as a hotel when the Central Pacific Railroad came to town. The railroad did not come to town, but the historic mansion still stands today. It was a 10,000 sq foot mansion with over 22 rooms, and 6 fireplaces. Rosewood and mahogany woods were imported from England and milled on site. Underneath the mansion was an expansive wine cellar. The second floor had a large dining room that turned into a ball room for entertaining.
The Bayley house is in need of restoration before it will be open to the public. But if you are driving through Pilot Hill, you can see it from Hwy 49.
What an amazing piece of real estate!
For more information on the Bayley House: http://www.bayleyhouse.net/cs/
Pilot Hill is a small, unicorporated community in El Dorado County. Pilot Hill is a fomer gold mining town as was formerly known as Centerville, and Pittsville. Pilot Hill is 13 miles from Placerville and 17 miles from Folsom.
Today, residents of Pilot Hill enjoy many recreational activities such as, river rafting, wine tasting (Venezio Winery), horse back riding (Cronan Ranch), jogging, hiking, cycling, and fishing.
Pilot Hill is below the snow line at an elevation of 1175 ft.
Students in Pilot Hill are part of the Black Oak Mine Unified School District.