You’ll see history throughout Jerome, from old mansions built during the mining days to a portion of jail that slid down Cleopatra Hill and the oldest dining facility in Arizona. Whether it’s a tour around Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town, a wine tasting at Passion Cellars, or a stay at the Chief Surgeon’s House, you’ll have a unique and memorable experience in the charming town of Jerome, Arizona.
1.Jerome State Historic Park
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Jerome State Historic Park is a historic mansion and estate that has been converted into a museum in Jerome, Arizona. The mansion was constructed in the year of 1916 by an influential family of mining entrepreneurs in the northeast region of the Black Hills. This beautiful, historic, and impressive mansion sits high up on a hill overlooking the town of Jerome. Besides serving as the home for the Douglas family, the mansion also provided hotel accommodations for investors and mining officials during that time. Today visitors will find exhibits of artifacts, minerals, and photographs relating to the town of Jerome and the Douglas family’s history.
100 Douglas Road, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-634-5381
2.Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum
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Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum is a non-profit museum and gift shop located in downtown Jerome, Arizona. The gift shop and museum were first opened in the beginning of the 1950s. The museum houses items that represent the town of Jerome’s history from past to present. Visitors will see everything from the remains of gambling games in old saloons to vintage miner’s equipment. The mining equipment on display includes hand-forged miners’ candlesticks, carbide lamps, cages, drills, and ore carts. There are also panoramic photos of smelters and miners, hospital equipment, newspapers, tokens, dishes, and milk bottles. The Mine Museum Gift Shop offers a plethora of souvenirs and gifts for visitors to explore and purchase.
200 Main Street, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-634-1066
3.Audrey Headframe Park
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Audrey Headframe Park is a non-profit museum that features historic mining equipment in the town of Jerome, Arizona. Constructed in 1918, The Audrey headframe and shaft were considered state-of-the-art technology during that time when it came to mining equipment. After a large copper deposit was discovered, the Audrey shaft was built to extract large amounts of high-grade ore, while reducing fire risk and optimizing worker safety. The shaft is comprised of three independent and concrete-lined segments that have horizontal hubs at depths between 800 and 1700 feet. Today visitors can explore this historic mining site and the vintage equipment that was left behind for a little glimpse into Arizona’s copper mining past.
55 Douglas Road, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-634-1066
4.Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town
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Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town is a gearhead’s paradise and museum of all things mechanical, located in the historic town of Jerome, Arizona. The ghost town boasts antiquated buildings and an old disused mine shaft, among other attractions. One of the main draws to this museum of sorts would be the owner and proprietor, Don Robertson. Don’s enthusiasm for mechanics and tinkering are something to be admired for those who visit. Some of the attractions he’s assembled and has lovingly looked after include a turn-of-the-century sawmill, antique mining equipment, a 1901 blacksmith shop, and restored antique cars. Visitors will also enjoy the open-air museum that holds a few resident animals, such as chickens, goats, rabbits, and donkeys.
310 Hull Avenue, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-634-0053
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Caduceus Cellars is a family operated and owned small production winery with a tasting room location in the historic town of Jerome, Arizona. Caduceus Cellars produces some of the finest wines in Arizona using Rhone, Italian, and Spanish varieties. The winery churns out approximately 2500 cases every year, and distributes them all across the United States. The quaint but cozy tasting room in the town of Jerome has beautiful hardwood floors, brick walls, contemporary artwork, souvenirs for sale, and an electronic photo album that shows the vineyard’s varying stages of growth. From the Tarzan Red to the Jane Pink to the Chupacabra Rosa, visitors will enjoy unique and tasty wines in a relaxing setting.
158 Main Street, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-639-9463
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Arizona’s wine industry was a sleeping giant that was finally awakened in the year of 1973 after the first soil tests were made. Over the last ten years the state has proven its world class wine production time and time again. Cellar 433 is among the winery pioneers who have set up shop in the great state of Arizona. At Cellar 433’s tasting room in the historic town of Jerome, visitors can enjoy sensational wines that have been produced using grapes grown at the winery’s Willcox, Arizona, vineyard. The two-level tasting room offers a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, contemporary works of art to be viewed, and breathtaking panoramic vistas of the surrounding Arizona landscape.
240 Hull Avenue, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-634-7033
7.Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery
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Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery is a unique art gallery that is manned, maintained, and managed by artist members in the small town of Jerome, Arizona. Recently celebrating its 10th anniversary, this co-op gallery has played in important role in providing an outlet for the town’s cultural spirit and social behavior. Regularly hosting galas, workshops, and social events, the gallery has been an essential part of the town’s tightly-woven art community. The gallery currently features approximately 33 exhibiting artists that showcase a wide variety of subject matter and media on display. Visitors will see works of art in the form of beautiful oil paintings, jewelry, wood-turned vases and bowls, blown glass, portraits, African masks, and much, much more.
502 Main Street, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-639-4276
8.Ghost Town Tours
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Ghost Town Tours is a tour operator that offers haunted and historic tours in Jerome, Arizona. This tour operator prides itself on providing the best possible experience with upbeat and informative tour guides. The guides that visitors will be paired up with have lived in the town of Jerome for over 30 years; this intimate connection to the town of Jerome ensures that all patrons will receive a truly authentic and informative experience. The historic tours include Step Through Time, The Mining Days, and Get The History. The ghost tours provided are the Main Street Ghost Adventure, Spirit Walk, Haunted History Tour, and The Jerome Ghost Adventure.
403 North Clark Street, Suite A-2, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-634-6118
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The New York Café ruin in the town of Jerome, Arizona, was purchased in the year of 1981. After the building’s purchase, work slowly began shaping the dated structure into the charming Raku Gallery visitors will find today. Opening its doors to the public for the first time in 1988, the art gallery quickly became one of the town’s premier destinations. The gallery gets its name from the Zen word of “raku,” which translates to ease, happiness, pleasure, enjoyment, and contentment. Raku features over 200 different artists from predominantly the Southwestern region of the United States. Within the 2,200-sqaure-foot gallery visitors will find eclectic collections of crafts and fine arts that include furniture, sculptures, jewelry, blown glass, ceramics, and paintings.
250 Hull Avenue, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-639-0239
10.Nellie Bly Kaleidoscopes
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Nellie Bly Kaleidoscopes is a unique art gallery in the town of Jerome, Arizona that features handcrafted kaleidoscopes from over 90 artists ranging from elaborate to simple. The world’s largest kaleidoscope dealer, the gallery originally got its start in the year of 1988. Also featured at the gallery are blown glass pieces, handmade marbles, and handmade dichroic jewelry. As soon as visitors approach they’re met with a large kaleidoscope planter out front of the gallery. Once inside visitors will enjoy a vast collection of kaleidoscopes that have been hand-crafted using glass, metal, wood, and other exquisite materials. Visitors are encouraged to touch, look through, and play with as many of these beautiful kaleidoscopes as possible.
136 Main Street, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-634-0255
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In an unprecedented turn of events, the Sliding Jail has gone on the run. This historic jailhouse can be found over 200 feet from its original location, following a rather gradual slide down the side of a mountain in Jerome, Arizona. After incorporating in 1898, the town of Jerome joined the reputation of many other Wild West towns when brawling, boozing, and brothels became the norm. This small town had even briefly garnered the unflattering title of “Wickedest Town in America.” The historic jail is now surrounded by an old iron fence and stabilized by retaining walls, in case it tries to make another escape attempt. Visitors to Jerome will definitely want to check-out this structural renegade.
310 Hull Avenue, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-634-2900
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Passion Cellars got its start by having an unrelenting love for Arizona wines and a deep passion for being a part of this booming industry. The winery specializes in fruit forward, complex and artistically blended red wines and crisp white wines. Since their first vintage that was produced in Willcox, Arizona – an American Viticultural Area, Passion Cellars has reserved the very best of their best for aging. These award-winning, reserve wines are bottled under the Salvatore name, after the winemaker’s grandfather, Salvatore Ligammari. Passion Cellars operates a cozy tasting room in Jerome, Arizona. Visitors will have the opportunity to sample and enjoy these sensational wines in a sophisticated yet relaxed setting.
301 Main Street, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-649-9800
13.Chief Surgeon’s House
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Chief Surgeon’s House was constructed in the year of 1917, it was built to serve as the primary residence for the Chief Surgeon in the town of Jerome, Arizona. Listed on the National Historic Registry since the year of 1966, the beautiful white stucco mansion is now a wonderfully charming bed and breakfast. The mansion was designed and constructed under the guidance of renowned Los Angeles architect, Arthur Kelly. The structure features red-tiled roofs, gleaming stucco, and arched windows. The guest suites have either wood or Mexican Saltillo-tile floors, private bathrooms, California King Beds, and provide eclectic furniture pieces. Visitors staying here can enjoy a wonderfully delectable breakfast buffet each morning, starting at 8:30am.
100 Hill Street, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-639-1452
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Cleopatra Hill is the name of the original location (the hill) that the historic town of Jerome, Arizona is built on. The area has gone from an active mining town to an incredible destination location for artists and tourists to visit. Native Americans once occupied this region for centuries, left behind are a plethora of artifacts that represent their time in this area. The rich history behind Cleopatra Hill and the surrounding beauty in this area make for an idyllic place for people to visit. There is still a large number of historical sites and structures around the town of Jerome for visitors to explore and enjoy.
310 Hull Avenue, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-634-2900
15.Powder Box Church
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Powder Box Church is a historic Mexican Methodist Church that features unique architecture and is located in the town of Jerome, Arizona. The church was originally designed and constructed in the years between 1939 and 1941 by Sabino Gonzalez. The church was erected for Mexican-American miners and families who faced racial prejudice by Anglo Methodists that refused to allow Mexicans to congregate at their church. The church was built with disassembled blasting boxes that were made of wood, hence the Powder Box name. The church is now a private residence under the ownership of Anne Gale – a famed interior designer from the Southwest. Visitors to Jerome can enjoy views of this historic church from a respectful distance.
310 Hull Avenue, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-634-2900
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Liberty Theatre originally opened its doors in the year of 1918, after a delay in construction due to the unfortunate great flu epidemic. The theatre ceased operations around 1930, when the owner decided that adding a sound system would be too costly. Years later the lobby was remodeled to serve as a bar, café, and chamber of commerce. In recent years the theatre was again remodeled to accommodate an antique store. Within the last decade the theatre portion of the building has undergone restoration itself, the balcony has been rebuilt, and a sound system has been added. The theatre periodically shows films for visitors to enjoy on the balcony level, while the main auditorium remains a gift and antique shop.
110 Jerome Avenue, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-649-9016
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17.Bobby D’s BBQ
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Bobby D’s BBQ is a locally operated and owned authentic smokehouse-style restaurant, situated within the historic English Kitchen building in Jerome, Arizona. The restaurant is proudly located in Arizona’s oldest dining facility that is still in operation. The primary goal of Bobby D’s is to provide exceptional service within a unique atmosphere while delivering amazing food. The interior features red painted walls, hardwood floors, a dining bar with fixed bar stools, a handful of vintage leather booths, coffered ceilings, and chalkboard menus. One of the restaurant’s top menu items is Bobby’s Big Boy Sandwich, prepared with pulled pork, sausage, brisket, mushrooms, onions, green chile, and provolone cheese, served on a hoagie.
119 East Jerome Avenue, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-634-6235
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Hilltop Deli is a family-owned and operated deli that was founded in 2012. The family has deep roots within the historic town of Jerome, Arizona. They strive for perfection when it comes to their food and service; and they also pride themselves on using the freshest ingredients available from local suppliers in Arizona. The deli provides a dog-friendly patio where visitors can enjoy a sandwich and vintage soda while taking in spectacular views of the town. The interior is quite cozy, featuring just a handful of tables, turquoise walls, a walk-up ordering counter, soda refrigerator, and chalkboard menus. The #14 Specialty Sandwich is a popular menu item – prepared with bacon, ham, avocado, and sprouts, served on a choice of bread.
403 Clark Street, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-639-3354
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19.Mile High Grill and Inn
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Mile High Grill and Inn is a restaurant and hotel situated along Main Street in the center of Jerome, Arizona. The restaurant serves every meal of the day, breakfast through dinner. Since its inception in 2004, the restaurant became, and has continued be a staple in the historic town of Jerome. Mile High specializes in chef-inspired, Americana fare prepared with the highest quality of ingredients. On the second floor of the structure, visitors will find the Mile High Inn, a quaint hotel that features original oil paintings, Victorian ceilings, and extremely comfortable beds. The Diablo Burger is an excellent choice – prepared with a half-pound patty cooked to perfection, ghost pepperjack and cheddar cheese, avocado, jalapeno, and cilantro pesto.
309 Main Street, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-634-5094
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20.Grapes Restaurant & Bar
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Originally a Pony Express Station back in the early 1900s, the building has transformed into the quaint Grapes Restaurant & Bar that lies along Main Street in the heart of historic Jerome, Arizona. The restaurant provides an ambiance that exudes a home-style feel for a relaxed and comfortable dining experience. The restaurant also features a rustic bar, comfortable leather booths, and a cozy patio. From the patio guests can dine and enjoy the street scene in Jerome, as well as take in breathtaking views of the distant San Francisco Peaks and Verde Valley. The White Roma Pizza is divine – prepared with olive oil, mozzarella, grape tomatoes, garlic, and basil.
925 North Main Street, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-639-8477
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The Haunted Hamburger is a supposedly haunted restaurant venue located in Jerome, Arizona. As the story goes, frustrated tradesman from a different time haunt the building the restaurant resides in, and it seems they’re particularly fond of hammers. Previous tenants have even attested to weird hammer phenomena; disappearing hammers, hammers showing up in conspicuous places, and many other spooky things. The restaurant is equipped with a full-service bar, dark-wood tables and chairs, and a patio that offers magnificent views over Verde Valley. The Haunted Burger is a must try – prepared with a ground-beef patty cooked to perfection, swiss, cheddar, bacon, mushrooms, grilled onions, green chilies, and guacamole.
410 Clark Street, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-634-0554
21 Best Things to Do in Jerome, Arizona
- Jerome State Historic Park, Photo: Courtesy of jon manjeot - Fotolia.com
- Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum, Photo: Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum
- Audrey Headframe Park, Photo: Courtesy of Benjamin - Fotolia.com
- Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town, Photo: Courtesy of weltreisendertj - Fotolia.com
- Caduceus Cellars, Photo: Caduceus Cellars
- Cellar 433, Photo: Cellar 433
- Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery, Photo: Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery
- Ghost Town Tours, Photo: Courtesy of weltreisendertj - Fotolia.com
- Raku Gallery, Photo: Raku Gallery
- Nellie Bly Kaleidoscopes, Photo: Nellie Bly Kaleidoscopes
- Sliding Jail, Photo: Courtesy of lulu - Fotolia.com
- Passion Cellars, Photo: Courtesy of Mark - Fotolia.com
- Chief Surgeon’s House, Photo: Chief Surgeon’s House
- Cleopatra Hill, Photo: Courtesy of FiledIMAGE - Fotolia.com
- Powder Box Church, Photo: Courtesy of aquiles1184 - Fotolia.com
- Liberty Theatre, Photo: Courtesy of Boca - Fotolia.com
- Bobby D’s BBQ, Photo: Bobby D’s BBQ
- Hilltop Deli, Photo: Hilltop Deli
- Mile High Grill and Inn, Photo: Mile High Grill and Inn
- Grapes Restaurant & Bar, Photo: Grapes Restaurant & Bar
- Haunted Hamburger, Photo: Haunted Hamburger
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