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.  

We’re ending a very “spirited” Jacksonville October  on Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, with our  “Victorian Mourning Customs” tours at the historic 1873 Beekman House Museum.  


The house will be decorated as a Victorian house in mourning—clocks stopped, mirrors draped in black, mourning wreath on the door, coffin in the parlor.   Costumed docents will be sharing the many ways the Victorians honored their “dearly departed” in 1-hour tours beginning every 15 minutes between 11 am and 3pm.

Join us again the first 4 weekends in December plus Wednesday, December 26, when we share the origins of many of our Christmas traditions during our Beekman House Victorian Christmas tours!  And if you would like to be part of this celebration, please contact us at info@historicjacksonville. org or 541-245-3650.

We’re also back exploring great grandma’s attic and finding new History Mysteries.  And don’t forget to “like” Historic Jacksonville, Inc. (historicjville) on Facebook for weekly snippets of local history each History Trivia Tuesday!


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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