See the new Peter Britt exhibit:
"Peter Britt: The Man Beyond the Camera"
Now at the Jacksonville Museum, 5th & C streets in Jacksonville. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Peter Britt was an extraordinary man of vision and accomplishment. His curiosity, motivation and experimental nature matched with a keen business sense allowed him to merge broad-ranging interests into a wide assortment of successful endeavors.
Arriving in Jacksonville, Oregon, at the beginning of the Gold Rush, the 33 year-old Swiss immigrant tried his hand at prospecting and mule packing before seriously focusing on his photographic trade. In time, he branched into horticulture and wine making, beekeeping, and meteorology. He became a rancher and orchardist, financier, and family man. When he died at age 86 in 1905, Britt was one of the wealthiest, best-known and most highly respected men in Southern Oregon.
More than 150 years after a nearly broke Swiss immigrant arrived in a muddy mining camp, Britt's legacy lives through the pictures he took, the gardens he planted, and a vital agricultural heritage he helped foster.
Britt’s photographs and camera equipment, paintings, and home furnishings are preserved by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and can be viewed in an on-going exhibit, Peter Britt: The Man Beyond the Camera at the Jacksonville Museum.