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 Saturday, May 25, when we offer our last Beekman House “1932 Living History” tours of the season at new times and with new characters. 

Groucho Marx is on the radio. Depression era miners are digging up the streets. Franklin Roosevelt is running for president.  And Ben and Carrie Beekman are closing up their 1873 home, going through family belongings, commenting on current events, and sharing memories of 19th Century life.  Experience 1932 Jacksonville as you meet and interact with Beekman family members and friends!

55 minute tours at 10:30 & 11:30 am; 1:00 & 2:00 pm
$8, adults; $5, seniors/students

And join us beginning Memorial Day weekend for a full summer of events – Beekman House “19th Century Family Life” tours; Beekman Bank “Behind the Counter” tours; Jacksonville Haunted History” walking tours; and our new Jacksonville “Walk through History” tours!

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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