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.
Time travel to 1932 with Beekman House Living History on the 4th Saturday each month through September. You’re invited to meet and interact with Ben and Carrie Beekman, family members, and friends, as they close up the Beekman House, reminisce about life in the late 1800s, and comment on 1930s events.
On the 3rd Saturday of each month through October, we explore a different aspect of Victorian life at the Beekman House. Upcoming themes include travel, etiquette, fashion, and mourning customs.
And we are pleased to announce that the Beekman Bank is now open for tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday through Labor Day weekend. Visitors can 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)
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.