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Historic Jack House and Gardens

 

Guided Tours of the Jack House
Guided tours of the Jack House interior and gardens are conducted by volunteer docents, specially trained in the history of the Jack Family and it's turn-of-the-century estate. Special group hours may also be scheduled by calling 781-7303. The Jack House closes from December through April. *Kids under 12 free 
Program Ages Days Dates Times Cost
Docent-Led Tours All Sun April 7-Dec 1-4 pm $5;kids*free

Special Events at the Jack House

Mother's Day Concert

Enjoy an afternoon of music in the serene Jack House Gardens and take a tour of the historic Victorian home. All mothers attending receive a complimentary flower. *Kids under 12 free

Program Age Days Dates Times Admission
Mother's Day All Sun May 11 1-4 pm $5;kids*free

Victorian Tea
Experience the Jack House and Gardens with a traditional Victorian era formal tea in the garden and a guided tour of the house. Limited seating available; tickets on sale July 1 at the Parks and Recreation Office.
Program Age Days Dates Times Admission
Victorian Tea All Sun August 11 1-5 pm $30/person

The "Haunted" Jack House
The Jack family lived in this house for nearly 100 years, but it has been many a decade since anyone occupied the old place. Strange noises have been heard emanating from these old walls. Could ghosts be hiding in the closets or wandering down stairs? Come find out! Tour the dimly-lit house and learn Jack family history and maybe more. Last tour begins at 3:30 pm. *Kids under 12 free
Program Ages Days Dates Times Cost
Haunted House All Sun Oct 20 1-4 pm $5;kids*free
Haunted House All Sun Oct 27 1-4 pm $5;kids*free

Jack House Victorian Christmas Open House and Candlelight Tours
Come enjoy the splendor of a Victorian Christmas with docent-led tours of the historic Jack House. Following tours, hot cider and cookies are served in the Victorian kitchen and visitors may enjoy unique items in the Wash House Gift Shop. *Kids under 12 free
Program Ages Days Dates Times Cost
Open House All Sat Dec 7, Dec 14 5-8 pm $5;kids*free
Open House All Sun Dec 8, Dec 15 1-4 pm $5;kids*free


Reservations

Click here for more information about reservations for weddings, receptions and community special events at the Historic
Jack House and Gardens. Contact the
Facility Reservation Desk at (805) 781-7222.

 


History
The Jack House is a unique piece of California's elegant and
colorful past which will transport visitors back to the Victorian era. The Jack Family, holds history with some of the most prominent players in the drama of Central California development. Active in ranching, politics, travel, banking and land development, the Jacks were also friends and associates to the likes of railroad magnates Charles Crocker and C.P. Huntington, acclaimed statesman and pianist, Ignace Paderewski, and humorist Will Rogers.

The Jacks lived in this fine two-story Victorian house for over 90 years and much of the family's original furnishings, artwork, kitchen utensils, dishes and keepsakes are now on display for visitors. The family's library collection, alone, houses over 2000 volumes including several great literary treasures, a number of first editions and many of the Harvard Classics.

Wash House Gift Shop
Wash HouseNestled in the back courtyard of the gardens is a vintage wash house, now remodeled as The Wash House Gift Shop. Enjoy a variety of quality local products, books on local history, Jack House note cards, memorabilia and a diverse selection of specialty gift items. The Wash House Gift Shop is open for browsing and souvenir shopping during regular tour hours.

General Information
For general information call the 24 hour Jack House information line at 781-7308. To reserve the Jack House contact the Facility Reservation Desk at 781-7222. For more information on Jack House events and guided tours contact Dave Setterlund at 781-7067.

 

 

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