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.  

Join us on Saturday, May 28, for the first of this season’s 1932 Living History tours at the historic Cornelius C. Beekman House, home to Jacksonville’s wealthiest and most prominent pioneer family.   Interact with the Beekman children, other family members and friends as they close up their 1873 home, comment on 1930s current affairs, and reminisce about growing up in the late 1800s.

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On Sunday, June 12th, we conclude David Gordon’s 2016 monthly series, “Pioneer History in Story and Song,” with “Stories & Songs about Getting Here.”   This final session spotlights songs from the various modes of transportation – river, sea, and overland travel – that people used to reach the promised land of the West.

This series has proved so popular that David’s 2 p.m. performance is completely booked.  However, there are still seats for his 3:30 p.m. program.   All performances are held in the Naversen Room of the Jacksonville Library, located at 340 West C Street.  Reservations are strongly encouraged!

And we are pleased to announce that we will be opening the Beekman Bank from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Visitors will have the rare experience of stepping behind the counter of the second oldest bank in the Pacific Northwest, preserved intact as a museum since it closed its doors in 1915.

Also be sure to “like” Historic Jacksonville, Inc. (historicjville) on Facebook for weekly snippets of local history each History Trivia Tuesday!  Our monthly History Mystery will resume later this year when we again tackle 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.