Following the discovery of gold in 1851-2, Jacksonville, Oregon, became a melting pot of races, classes, and cultures as ambitious individuals pursued the promise of riches.  The offer of free land brought settlers seeking opportunity.  The influx of miners and settlers attracted merchants with goods to sell.

Historic Jacksonville, Incbrings 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. 

While summer may be over, we have some special events planned for fall! 

Join us on September 21st or 22nd when we return to Victorian Days at the 1873 Beekman House for Victorian Fashions:  The Well Dressed Victorian.

We’ll be showcasing costumes on loan from the Southern Oregon Historical Society collection with costumed docents sharing the evolution of Victorian style and what was considered “proper attire” for a day’s activities.

The on October 21 and 22, our Victorian Days theme is Victorian Mourning Customs:  Honoring the Dearly Departed.  The historic Beekman House will be decorated as a Victorian House in mourning with costumed docents sharing the elaborate rituals, fashion, etiquette, and social customs surrounding the death of a loved one in the late 1800s.

And don’t miss out on our last Jacksonville Haunted History walking tours of the year.  Passion, envy, sorrow, and revenge underscore tales of brothels, epidemics, hangings, arson, saloons, and Chinatown, when costumed docents share stories of the ghosts and spirits who still inhabit Jacksonville’s National Historic Landmark District.  Tours are offered at 6, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, and 7pm on Friday and Saturday, October 11 and 12.

And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and “like” Historic Jacksonville, Inc. (historicjville) on Facebook for weekly snippets of local history each History Trivia Tuesday and Walkabout Wednesday (with our favorite Great Dane, Storm Large).  Who knows what odd facts may show up on a “Miscellaneous Monday” or what strange gadgets and inventions appear on “Thingamabob Thursday.”  Find out how interesting and fun history can be!


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.




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