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 taking a short “breather” after a very “spirited” October but are already looking forward to Jacksonville’s annual Victorian Christmas celebration!  We’ll have both the 1873 Beekman House and 1863 Beekman Bank museums open from 11 am to 3 pm the first four weekends in December.  But we need your help — it takes a lot of volunteers to share the Victorian origins of most of our holiday traditions!  


Would you be willing to help decorate the Beekman House (Victorian style) for Christmas?  Bake a few dozen of Mrs. Beekman’s sugar cookies for us to give out to the hundreds of visitors we have each year?  Share the origin of Christmas traditions on one or more tour days?  Help staff Mrs. Beekman’s Christmas Bazaar?  If you would like to be part of this celebration, please contact us at info@historicjacksonville.org or 541-245-3650.

In the meantime, we’re 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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