Historic Jackson Tour
Discover the Old West on the main streets of Amador County as you walk through historic gold mining towns.
Visit Historic Jackson
This Charming, 150-year old Main Street boasts one of California’s oldest and most notorious establishments, the newly renovated National Hotel.
Antiques, the Amador County Museum, gift shops, popular eateries, even a steam punk-themed bookstore attract shoppers and history buffs.
A Gold Country adventure isn’t complete without experiencing the miner’s way of life on a tour of the legendary Kennedy Mine. Visit The Historic National Hotel, The Kennedy Gold Mine and The Amador County Museum, Antique shopping anyone?
Let’s visit Antiques Upstairs – Antiques Upstairs consists of multiple antique shops in one location, then Antiques Downstairs is a Co-op with 15 different antique and vintage vendors!
The National Hotel
Built in 1852, the National Hotel in Jackson, CA was rebuilt after a fire eleven years later.
This grand structure was visited thereafter by many kinds of travelers throughout the Great California Gold Rush and then through the turn of two centuries. Thoughtfully renovated with impeccable richness while preserving its historical roots, the National Hotel is a treasure. Original, refinished furniture and artwork grace the lobby, halls and rooms. The hotel anchors downtown Jackson, California, with old-fashioned charm and authentic character. Each guest room and suite is utterly unique, inspired by the original Victorian decor, while comfortable and elegant. Original furniture has been painstakingly restored, while luxury linens and modern amenities greet each visitor. Elegant en-suite bathrooms include graceful inlaid marble stone heated bath floors.
Kennedy Gold Mine
The Kennedy Mine, famous for being one of the deepest gold mines in the world (at 5912 feet), demonstrates how gold changed an entire way of life in California.
Prospected in 1860, reorganized in 1886 and continuously run until 1942, the Kennedy Gold Mine produced approximately $34,280,000 in gold. One of the tallest head frames in existence today can be seen at the Kennedy Mine. The mine also had one of the largest stamp mills in the Mother Lode, moving tailings by means of huge wooden wheels, some of which are still standing.
March Through October. Admission includes a FREE guided tour, an interesting, in-depth, and educational tour of the grounds (about 1.5 hours). A self-guided tour book is also available.
Amador County Museum
This historic 15-room classic Greek Revival dwelling in Jackson, CA was constructed in 1854 to be the home of Armstead C. Brown (January 10, 1816 – early February, 1903). He was an American farmer, miner and lawyer originally from Wisconsin. He moved to California as a 49er where he became one of the founding fathers of Amador County. Brown took up residence in Jackson in 1851 and became a merchant, bringing his goods by team over the mountains from the coast, resumed his law practice and Between 1863 and 1869 he served three terms as a Democratic member of the California State Assembly.
As the County Museum, his home now houses collections that include a Gold History Exhibit, fashions of the past, a Victorian bedroom and parlor, a Native American collection, a Chinese American collection, and much more. A separate building houses the Mine Model Exhibit, working models built to scale of a Kennedy Mine tailing wheel, a hard-rock mining head frame, and a stamp mill. The museum at overlooks historic downtown Jackson.
Amador County Museum’s Kennedy and North Star Mine Model Exhibits include three operating models of mining structures.
With Incredible vistas, Kennedy Gold Mine, The Amador County Museum, Antique Shopping and the National Hotel, Jackson, it’s a combination that’s pure gold.
Your tour can also include Historic Volcano and Shopping and Wine Tasting in Sutter Creek >
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Visit Amador’s Shenandoah Valley
This wonderful California region took flight during the Gold Rush of the 1850s.
As fortune seekers, many of them European, flocked to the Sierras to prospect for gold, small wineries arose to help slake their thirst.
Within a few decades, there were over 100 wineries in the area known as the Mother Lode, more than any other region of California.
Some of the vineyards planted during that era survive to this day.
Many are drawn by the region’s rolling, sun-drenched hillsides, warm daytime temperatures, and volcanic, decomposed granite soils, ideal conditions for producing top-quality wine grapes. When their robustly flavored wines, especially zinfandel, began attracting the attention of wine lovers throughout California and the U.S., the historic Sierra Foothills wine region was born.
The wines produced from the vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley, home to some of the oldest vines in California and are renowned for their intense fruit and deep color.
We charge an hourly rate per vehicle, not per person.
Look no further for the Best Amador Wine Tour and Old West Gold Country Tours in Amador County and The Shenandoah Valley.