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Military Personnel and Their Families Get Free Admission to Historic Jack House for Three Months

Post Date:05/26/2017 8:33 AM

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, military personnel and their families will be offered free admission to tour the historic Jack House in San Luis Obispo, the one-time home of pioneering Civil War veteran Robert Edgar (R.E.) Jack.

Nationwide, more than 2,000 museums across the country, including the Jack House, have joined the Blue Star program to offer the free admission to active military personnel, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, from May 28 through September 3. At the Jack House, military families of up to five people can receive free tours during this period. Tours are offered Sundays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Active duty military will be asked to show their DD Form 1173 or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card.

Today, the Jack House, located at 536 Marsh Street, is a popular venue for weddings and community gatherings. But in the 1880s, the Victorian home was built solely for Jack, an influential rancher and developer, whose seafaring family hailed from Maine. After working as an accountant in New York City, Jack joined the 56th New York Infantry during the Civil War, and he eventually wound up at the famous Battle of Gettysburg.

Jack later relocated to California, where he became an accountant and secretary and used his accounting skills to become a prominent banker, land developer, businessman and rancher. Meanwhile, the Jack family lived in his home for 90 years.

Jack’s son, Howard, donated the house to the City in 1973. Much of the family’s original furnishings, art and keepsakes remain in the house.

Contact: Sahvanna Ettestad, Parks & Recreation Communications Specialist, (805)781-7282

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