Following the discovery of gold in 1851-2, Jacksonville, Oregon, 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.

Historic Jacksonville, Incbrings 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.  On November 30th we become seasonally festive when we begin 5 weekends of Victorian Christmas tours and traditions at the 1873 Beekman House Museum. 

Join us for stories of the origins of holiday traditions and how the Victorians turned what was just another calendar date into the elaborate celebration we now know!  Find the good luck German pickle ornament on the Christmas tree. Steal a kiss under the mistletoe.  Sample one of Mrs. Beekman’s sugar cookies.

And if you would like to join us as a volunteer sharing Victorian Christmas stories as a docent, playing “Jingle Bells” on the one-of-a-kind Mathushek piano, helping with Mrs. Beekman’s Christmas Bazaar, or keeping us stocked with Mrs. Beekman’s sugar cookies for our guests, please contact  We provide training, recipes, and help with costumes!

We’ll also have the 1863 Beekman Bank Museum open during Victorian Christmas for “Behind the Counter Tours.” The oldest bank in the Pacific Northwest, it saw over $40 million in gold cross its counters during Jacksonville’s heyday (over $1 billion at today’s value).  Then beginning Saturday, January 4, you can experience special monthly lantern light “Secrets & Mysteries of the Beekman Bank” tours.

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 and Walkabout Wednesday (with our favorite Great Dane, Storm Large).  Who knows what odd facts may show up on a “Miscellaneous Monday” or what strange gadgets and inventions appear on “Thingamabob Thursday.”  Find out how interesting and fun history can be!


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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