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.
Help us continue to do so! Vote “YES” on Ballot Measure 15-164 that will establish an independent Rogue Valley Heritage District!
Then join us for Victorian Christmas! The Beekman House will be decorated for a Christmas celebration in the late 1800s, and Victorian costumed docents will be sharing the origins of our Christmas traditions. Tours will be offered between 11 am and 3 pm the first three weekends in December with special Boxing Day tours on December 26th to benefit ACCESS.
David Gordon returns in January for a new season of Pioneer History in Story & Song. These monthly concerts feature original songs from the 1800s and the stories behind them. On January 8, David will be performing songs of Stephen Foster, America’s first great composer and its first free-lance song writer.
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.