Video Tour of Murphys California
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Experience Murphys CA
Walk down Main Street past the iron-shuttered stone buildings and the wooden Victorian
houses, largely unchanged after more than a century.
You'll see historic buildings, most now shops, identifiable by the unique architecture and often
by plaques indicating the history.
There is the Murphys Hotel, where figures ranging from Horatio Alger to U.S. Grant have signed the
register. The "Murphys Pokey", a historic jail. The E.C.V. "Wall of Comparative Ovations", plaques
detailing the history of famous figures, which must be read with skepticism because of the "Clampers"
fondness for pranks, part of this over-the-top fraternal society's satirical take on the
Each shop here is unique and you won't find the same item in more than one store.
Shops range from clothing and accessories to antiques, clocks, kitchenware, food, gifts, and toys.
Restaurants range from the elegant V Restaurant & Bar to the less formal Noto's for Sicilian food,
Murphys Grille for Mediterranean, the Murphys Hotel for more traditional fare, and many
Gold Rush History
In the fall of 1848, two brothers, John and Daniel Murphy, moved south from Placerville, looking for
gold. They ended up in what become known as Murphy's Rich Diggings (to distinguish it from
a previous Murphy mining camp), where John set up a trading tent. John Murphy became very wealthy
largely by trading with the Indians who mined gold for him, and along the way married the daughter
of a local Indian chief.
Murphy's Rich Diggings became known by other names, including Murphy's Flat, Murphy's Camp, and then Murphy's.
Finally a postmaster removed the apostrophe to avoid confusion with other towns with the same name and it
For more on the history of Murphys Click Here
The Sierra foothills have developed into a significant source of wine grapes and wines.
Murphys is surrounded by vineyards and wineries, and most have tasting rooms on Main Street, all within
a few blocks. The first grapes were planted here during the Gold Rush. Common grape varieties grown here
include Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Chardonnay. Vineyards are usually planted between
1500 and 3000 feet above sea level. There are over 100 wineries in the Sierra
Click on the green "Wine Tasting" button at the upper left of this page to see a map with pop-up descriptions and photos that show
the 18 tasting rooms.
Events in Murphys
For specific upcoming events see the
Facebook Page for Murphys.
Among the more popular events are:
Spring Symphony at Ironstone Vineyards.
This event includes a display of hundreds of thousands of daffodils, as well as art, food,
Murphys Irish Days.
A street faire with Main Street closed to traffic for dancing to live music and arts and crafts
booths. Traditional Irish food is served, and a parade takes place down Main Street on the
Saturday nearest to St. Patrick's Day.
Theatre Under the Stars.
Live theatre at the Stevenot Winery outdoor amphitheatre in the summer, presented by Murphys Creek Theatre.
Ironstone Vineyards Concerts.
Concerts are held at this winery throughout the summer.
Grape Stomp and Gold Rush Days.
A competition to see who can squeeze the most juice from 25 pounds of grapes, combined with
arts and crafts booths and live entertainment, held the first weekend of October.
President's Day Wine Weekend.
A celebration of the new wines released during the weekend, including tasting, live music,