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. Summer may have ended, but we always have special events to look forward to!   

Don’t miss our Victorian Days tours at Jacksonville’s 1873 Beekman House Museum on October 19 and 20 when our theme is Victorian Mourning Customs:  Honoring the Dearly Departed. 

The House will be decorated as a Victorian house in mourning with casket in the parlor, mirrors, draped in black, clocks stopped, photos turned to the wall….  Costumed docents will be sharing the elaborate rituals, fashions, etiquette, and social customs surrounding the death of a loved one in the late 1800s.  These 1-hour tours begin every 15 minutes between 11 am and 3 pm.  Admission is $5, and reservations are not required.

Then on November 30th we return to the festive when we begin 5 weekends of Victorian Christmas tours and traditions at the Beekman House.  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!

And if you would like to join us as a volunteer sharing Victorian Christmas stories as a docent, helping with Mrs. Beekman’s Christmas Bazaar, or keeping us stocked with Mrs. Beekman’s sugar cookies for our guests, please contact us at  We provide training, recipes, and help with costumes!

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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