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 1851-2, Jacksonville 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.  

Time travel to Depression Era Jacksonville on March 23 when we offer our new Beekman House 1932 Living History at new times and with new characters. 

Baseball is the national pastime.  One-fourth of Americans are unemployed. Franklin Roosevelt is promising a New Deal. And Ben and Carrie Beekman are closing up their 1873 Jacksonville home, going through family belongings, commenting on current events, and sharing memories of 19th Century life. 

Interact with historical interpreters portraying Beekman family members and friends as they close up their 1873 home, comment on Depression Era events, and reminisce about growing up in the late 1800s.

Our new “Secrets & Mysteries of the Beekman Bank” – candlelight tours of the oldest financial institution in the Pacific Northwest – have proven so popular that we are offering them again on April 4th and 5th!

And on April 14th, Northwest Troubadour David Gordon will give 2 performances of “Hardship to Hope: From Struggle to Strength,” the final concert in his 2019 season of “Pioneer History in Story & Song.”  

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!


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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