Amador County Museum
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Amador County Museum


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Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11 am to 3 pm
Tours of the Mine Model Exhibit 12 pm & 1 pm
Group tours available by appointment.
This historic 15-room classic Greek Revival dwelling 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 and 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. He resumed his law practice and between 1863 and 1869 he served three terms as a Democratic member of the California State Assembly.

Now the Amador County Museum, his home holds 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 overlooks historic downtown Jackson.

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