Placerville is a historic community from the gold-rush days, there are many old buildings from this period. In 1849, the town earned its most common historical name, “Hangtown” because of the numerous hangings that had occurred but there were only three hangings that occurred after three men on horseback came into town with guns ablaze. The name stuck after that.
A walk down Main Street also reveals many historical markers, signifying spots of certain events or persons of importance during this period. Placerville was also on the line of the Pony Express. Today the town has wonderful shops, restaurants and lots of history & great wineries nearby too!
The region is renowned for making vibrantly flavorful, distinctly delicious wines, grown in the dramatic elevations of the Sierra Nevada.The area is increasingly a center for sophisticated production of Rhone style wines.