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.  

Step back in time to Depression Era Jacksonville on Saturday, August 27, with our 1932 Beekman House Living History.

Groucho Marx is on the radio.  Governor Franklin Roosevelt is running for President.  Hobos are hoping for hand outs.  And  Ben and Carrie Beekman are closing up their 1873 home, sorting through family belongings, commenting on current affairs, and reminiscing about life in the late 1800s.  And you’re invited to visit! 

Experience 1932 Jacksonville as you interact with the Beekmans, family members, and friends.  Tours begin at tours at 12 noon, 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. at the C.C. Beekman House, home to Jacksonville’s wealthiest and most prominent pioneer family, located at 470 E. California Street.  Admission is $8 for adults; $5 for seniors and students.

Then see where Cornelius Beekman founded his fortune.  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 for a rare Behind the Counter Tour of the oldest bank in the Pacific Northwest, preserved intact as a museum since it closed its doors in 1915.

On Friday, September 9, 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 for the final times this year on October 7th and 8th.

And on the 3rd Saturday of each month through October,  we continue to explore different aspects of Victorian life at the Beekman House. Look for Victorian Fashion on Saturday, September 17 and a full weekend of Victorian Mourning Customs on Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16.

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.