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 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.

536 Marsh Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 781-7300

True Ghost Stories from Augustus Hare
Saturday, October 29, 7 pm. $10 admission. Tickets at the door.
Call 805 470-0983 for details.

In Victorian England, Augustus Hare stayed at stately haunted homes, took down the stories of their inmates, and performed them to audiences with “intolerable horror.” On Saturday night he returns from the dead to perform them again. From banshees to black dogs, the vampires of Croglin Grange, the white sisters of Usedom, and the summer and winter ghosts of Fritwell Manor, Hare is our best source on the personal supernatural.

After the performance, take a nighttime tour of the Jack House and the three thousand objects left by the family who lived here for a century. 

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Victorian Ghost Stories
Sunday, October 30, 1–4 pm. $5 admission, children free.

The Jack House will be draped in mourning, and there will be a half-hour program of Victorian ghost stories for adults and children at 1, 2, and 3 pm in the parlor. After the stories, explore the 1878 house and the three thousand objects its owners left there.

The Cowboy Photography of Richard Field Levine
August 5 - October 30, 2016. Sundays 1-4 pm and first Fridays 6-9 pm

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Hearst acquisition and stewardship of the Jack Ranch as open land. The Jack House is grateful to Stephen T. Hearst and the Hearst Corporation for permission to display the cowboy photography of Richard Field Levine.

As an official photographer for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association for over 20 years, Richard Field Levine has created many stunning images from the arena. The more than two dozen photographs on view at the Jack House focus on the grittier, less glamorous working life of the cowboy. The setting is the Cholame Valley and the Jack Ranch, the hundred-square-mile spread where the Hollister and Jack families ran their sheep and cattle for a century, from 1867 to 1966. Levine’s photographs show herding, cutting, roping, branding, and vaccinating: the romantic legend mixed with the modern business of ranching.

The exhibition tells the story not only of the Jack Ranch but of cowboy photography, including its first great practitioner, the miner turned photographer John Grabill, and Erwin Smith, the working cowboy with the Kodak camera, whose photos were splashed across Collier’s and the Saturday Evening Post in the early 1900s. Old black and white photographs of the Cholame and recollections of its cowboys complete the show.

 Levine Collage

Elevator Removal Project 

Photos from the recently completed Jack House Elevator Removal Project here!

Guided Tours
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 781-7300. The Jack House closes from December through April. Tours are $5/person; Kids under 12 free.
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Weddings and Events
Online Reservations are available for weddings, receptions and community special events at the Jack House Gardens. For more information, contact the Facility Reservation Desk at (805) 781-7222.

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