Following the discovery of gold in the winter of 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 and opportunists of all kinds.  Historic Jacksonville, Inc. brings the history of Jacksonville and Southern Oregon to life through the stories of the people, places, and things that have contributed to who we are today.




Our summer Walk through History tours may be over but you can still enjoy a virtual visit to Jacksonville from the comfort of your home.  So we’re inviting you to take a Jacksonville Stay-cation!


Want an overview?  Watch our 30 minute video.
Want a quick sample?  Check out our daily Facebook and Instagram  posts. 
Want to dig deeper?  Visit one of the 50 sites on our Walk through History blog.

See the places and learn about the people who transformed a gold rush town into the 19th Century commercial, governmental, and social hub of Southern Oregon.  


And yes, we know, that it’s not even Halloween, but we’re hoping to open the 1873 Beekman House Museum every weekend from November 27 through December 19 for Jacksonville’s Victorian Christmas celebration.  And we need your help!

We need greeters, costumed docents, piano players, set up and take down crews, bazaar sales staff, and sugar cookie bakers!

Hours are 12n to 3pm with flexible shifts.  Training and costumes will be provided.  Tour groups will be limited in size.  And all COVID protocols will be observed!  So help us share the Victorian origins of many popular Christmas traditions and observances along with stories of Beekman family holiday festivities in the late 1800s!

E-mail us at or call 541-245-3650!


But speaking of Halloween, visit our Holiday History page for a look at the origins of the many holidays we now celebrate along with how they were celebrated in Jacksonville!  Many holiday customs date from the 19th Century when individuals came here from all over the world, bringing their traditions with them.  Jacksonville adopted and adapted many of these practices and they still play major roles in our holiday observances.

And what did those boys do to that cow?


Enjoy the treasure trove of Jacksonville History on this website plus daily history trivia on our Facebook  and  Instagram pages.  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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