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.  All brought their traditions and celebrations with them.


Join us this December as we share how these traditions turned Christmas from a minor holiday for the Victorians into a major celebration that melded into Christmas as we know it!

Do you decorate a Christmas tree?  Hide a good luck German pickle ornament on it?  Hang mistletoe in a kissing ball?  Send Christmas cards?

Victorian costumed docents will share the origins of many popular Christmas traditions and observances along with stories of Beekman family holiday festivities in the late 1800s during Victorian Christmas tours at the 1873 Beekman House Museum, home to Jacksonville’s wealthiest and most prominent pioneer family.  You can also enjoy “Behind the Counter” tours of the Beekman Bank, the oldest financial institution in the Pacific Northwest, during the first 4 weekends in December.

In January, we’re introducing a new program–“Secrets & Mysteries of the Beekman Bank.”  Plus Northwest Troubadour David Gordon returns with another season of “Pioneer History in Story & Song.”

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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