Historic Jacksonville, Inc. brings the history of Jacksonville and Southern Oregon to life through tours, events, and activities that share the stories of the pioneers who settled the region following the discovery of gold in 1852.  


David Gordon has returned for a second season of Pioneer History in Story & Song.  These monthly concerts feature original songs from the 1800s and the stories behind them.   On February 5, David will be performing “Music on the Oregon Trail.”  Emigrants could not bring much with them, but they could bring the music they knew.  Future concerts include “Newfangled Inventions” (March 5), “Women Composers” (April 9), and “Pioneer Laughter” (June 4).  David’s performances are immensely popular!  We are taking reservations for the entire season, so you would be smart to book early!

Also be sure to “like” Historic Jacksonville, Inc. (historicjville) on Facebook for weekly snippets of local history each History Trivia Tuesday!  Our History Mystery will resume in March 2017 when spring cleaning again has us tackling Great Grandma’s attic.  Look for more chances to enter drawings for gift certificates to local restaurants and merchants when you correctly identify unusual historical objects we’ve come across.

Jacksonville-1883 Lithograph

 Jacksonville 1883 (lithograph)

When Oregon was admitted to the Union in 1859, Jacksonville was the largest inland trade center in the new state, and Jacksonville and its residents played a dominant role in early Oregon history and statehood. But when the railroad by-passed Jacksonville in the 1880s, the town slowly sank into oblivion. However, that oblivion also proved to be the town’s salvation, preserving the historic buildings, homes, and character that you see today—Jacksonville’s National Historic Landmark District. Today, these landmarks live again through the efforts of the City of Jacksonville, volunteers, and private owners so that you can again experience Jacksonville in its heyday.