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Amador AAUW leads tour through historic Jackson next week

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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 11:30 am

The American Association of University Women’s Amador branch will host “Jackson: Tour Through Time,” its annual Home Tour, on April 21.

The tour invites area residents to explore the Mother Lode town and the surrounding areas of Amador County, where the Gold Rush extended into the 1900s and many cultures, traditions, home styles and historic renovations came together.

Among the stops is the Crew Home, originally built in the late 1800s by a gold miner-turned-merchant, whose bakery supplied the miners’ boarding houses around Jackson. It is a “pay day” house — in mining times, when pay day came or a baby was on the way, a house might be expanded with rooms added or converted.

Here, outbuildings were added and a new barn replaced the original, where the horses were once stabled. From a modest miner’s home to a compound for family gatherings, this home has known many remodels and generations.

Another of the featured historic sites is Baker Street West on Main Street. Baker Street West is a Victorian tribute to Sherlock Holmes. It occupies the second floor above Hein & Company Bookstore, where full-length Sherlockian plays, dinner mystery theatre and a variety of afternoon tea events are offered throughout the year.

Eight tiny shops straight from the pages of Sherlock Holmes’ stories are an important feature of 221B. The shops brim with Sherlock memorabilia, steampunk art and vintage treasures to purchase from Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Shoppe, Dr. Watson’s Apothecary and more. Costumed docents will be on hand during the Home Tour.

The Amador County Museum occupies the Brown Home, a classic Greek Revival-style house overlooking historic downtown Jackson. Inside each room are treasures of Amador’s past, from the Gold Rush through World War II.

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 artifacts. A separate building houses the mine model exhibits with replicas of equipment from the Kennedy and North Star Mines. Docents will guide visitors during the tour hours.

Among the other sights are the Kennedy Tailing Wheels Park with its reconstruction of crucial Gold Rush machinery, recently completed murals in the first Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States, a 1930s Romanesque brick home in Ione with perfectly preserved Art Deco interiors, and two of the many homes on Stasal Street, one of the first streets in Jackson.

The tradition of an elegant tea with homemade cookies continues in the Civic Center, where impressive murals tell the history of Jackson and Amador County. This site also features the popular art show of members’ work.

Newly added to the festivities is an array of raffle baskets, provided by AAUW interest groups, individual AAUW members and nonprofit organizations.

Proceeds from the tour benefit the Amador Branch scholarship program for local girls and women. Junior high girls have opportunities to attend Tech Trek, a summer math-science camp. Scholarships are provided each year at the community college and upper division levels.

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