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.  

In May we’ll begin 6 months of Beekman House Living History, Victorian Days, Beekman Bank tours, Haunted History tours and more.  Volunteers make all this happen, and we need your help!  Do you have a couple of hours or half a day to spare?  We’re looking for docents, tour guides, greeters, interpreters and other volunteers to join us for a season of fun as we bring life to local history.


In the meantime, we’re once again poking around Great Grandma’s attic with a new History Mystery challenge.

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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