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.
Be sure to stop by the 1863 Beekman Bank between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday between now and Labor Day weekend. Visitors can have the rare experience of stepping behind the counter of the oldest bank in the Pacific Northwest, preserved intact as a museum since it closed its doors in 1915.
On Friday, August 12, we continue our new Jacksonville Haunted History walking tours. These tours are not your typical ghost tours. They are history tours about real hauntings resulting from past events. These tours will be offered again on September 9th and 10th and October 7th and 8th.
On the 3rd Saturday of each month through October, we continue to explore different aspects of Victorian life at the Beekman House. Upcoming themes include etiquette, fashion, and mourning customs.
And on the 4th Saturday of each month through September you can experience Depression Era Jacksonville with our 1932 Beekman House Living History tours. Interact with Ben and Carrie Beekman, friends, and family members as they sort through family belongings, comment on current events, and reminisce about life in the late 1800s as experienced by one of Southern Oregon’s most prominent pioneer families.
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.