Amador County Museum and Mine Model 225 Church Street

The museum is housed in the 15-room dwelling built in 1859 as the home for Armstead C. Brown, one of Jackson’s earliest settlers.  The classic Greek Revival home sits atop a hill overlooking historic downtown Jackson.  The grounds are dotted with towering cedar trees, roses, camellias, and other flowering shrubs.  Placed among the landscaping are pieces of old mining equipment.  To the south of the museum is a picnic area.

The red brick building accommodates a multitude of treasures dating from the Gold Rush through World War II.  Stepping through the doorway, visitors travel down a central hall lined with photographs of local pioneers.  To the right, a parlor contains pianos and other musical instruments, an old radio and a fainting couch.  The most striking item is a cast iron chandelier with twin oil lamps which have been converted to electricity.  Directly across the hall is a room depicting crafts and activities which occupied women in an earlier era:  sewing, quilting, lace and hat making.  Don’t miss the wreath made from human hair!

Further along is a collection of vintage dresses, along with shoes and hats and even a corset from the era.  A turn-of-the-century kitchen features a Kalamazoo wood burning stove.  Next to it laundry is drying on a rack.  Climbing the stairs to the second floor finds replicated offices for a doctor and dentist.  A schoolroom, flanked by an exhibit of antique firearms, sits across from a bordello, and another room holds a collection of Native American baskets and other artifacts.  The early 20th-Century room features an exhibit dedicated to Ernie Bonham, an Ione resident who pitched for the Pittsburg Pirates and the New York Yankees.  A vintage Yankees uniform is part of the display.

A separate building houses the mine model exhibits with replicas of equipment from the Kennedy and North Star Mines though the use of large scale working models.  The three models demonstrate the functions of a headframe hoisting equipment, the stamp mill and the Kennedy Mine Tailing Wheels.   Docents will provide information both here and inside the museum.