Last updated: 4/27/2013
Lodi, California
Address
1973 W. Turner Road
Lodi, CA 95242
Hours
Daily12 PM - 5 PM
Admissions
Free
Services
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Description

The museum, located in the grove, houses artifacts exclusively from the ranch – many with photographs showing equipment in action. The ranch contains a natural 32 acre oak grove that illustrates how this valley looked before the advent of the farmer. Concerts are held in the grove for the public to enjoy. This sharing of the grove with the community recalls days of old when the grove was used as a community center for Lodi and Stockton. Come – enjoy – and remember those long ago days.

The museum, part of one of Lodi's major wineries is a tin roof barn with many items that depict agricultural life in Lodi in the 19th century.

History

Joseph Spenker arrived in Stockton in 1868 with 27¢ in his pocket. Ten years later he owned ocer 1500 acres of some of the best ground in the Central Valley including the Ranch now called Jessie’s Grove. In 1870 he went to a wedding in Stockton where met a beautiful girl, Anna Schlieman, and married her the next day. They had two children, Jessie and Otto, who grew up in the home Joseph built for his family in 1906.

Joseph planted his first vineyard in 1888 – adding more acres in subsequent years. Many of these vines remain in production today and produce some of our most prized wine.

In the late 40′s and 50′s Jessie rejected all ideas of changing the Oak Grove. The grand Christian Lady who experienced two world wars, witnessed women gain the right to vote, held out a helping hand and managed three large ranches, died in 1952. Jessie was seventy seven years old. Jessie patterned her life in her father’s noble footsteps. Jessie was a true pioneer lady of the San Joaquin Valley.

Artifact Collections

Items that depict agricultural life in Lodi in the 19th century. Many of the original items from the house and farming operations.

Services

Enjoy Wine History as a Member

Join “Jessie’s Grove Posse” and become part of our awesome family here at the winery! Each member will receive 20% off their wine purchases and releases 10% off retail purchases, and special deals on winery events! Also get invited to exclusive wine club parties, concerts, BBQ’s, and our occasional “Wine Club Bootcamp” where our winemaker Greg Burns will teach you the ins and outs of winemaking!

Special Event Rental

Group Tours

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