Following the discovery of gold in the winter of 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 and opportunists of all kinds.  Historic Jacksonville, Inc. brings the history of Jacksonville and Southern Oregon to life through the stories of the people, places, and things that have contributed to who we are today.

1932 Living History Is Back!







It’s 1932 Depression Era Jacksonville and Ben and Carrie Beekman, the children of Jacksonville’s wealthiest and most prominent pioneer family, are closing up their 1870s family home.  And you are invited to visit! 

Become part of this 1-hour living history “play” as you interact with Carrie, Ben, family members, and friends as they comment on 1932 Jacksonville, family life, and growing up in the late 1800s.  Step back in time at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm or 2pm on February 11, March 11, April 8 or May 13.   Click here to plan your visit!

We’re also enlivening our dull winter months 
with some regular
Holiday History!


Gung Hey Fat Choy!  Happy Chinese New Year!  Did you know that this lunar new year festival celebrated by Asian cultures around the world dates back over 2,000 years?  Heralding the end of winter and beginning of spring, it honors both deities and ancestors. 

Many Chinese New Year traditions may remind you of how western culture celebrated the new year before these practices became part of our Christmas celebration during the Victorian Era—cleaning one’s house, sending new year’s cards, putting up special decorations, visiting friends and acquaintances, eating holiday foods, and giving gifts.

Jacksonville’s Chinese population celebrated the lunar new year well into the 1880s before essentially being expelled from the United States.  Since 2006, the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association (SOCCA) has brought back this 10-day celebration in both live and virtual form. 

Learn more about the traditions of Chinese New Year by clicking here.   
Experience a virtual Jacksonville Chinese New Year with SOCCA by clicking here. 

And there are lots of virtual ways to
Explore Historic Jacksonville!

Want an overview?  Watch our 30 minute video.
Want a quick sample?  Check out our daily Facebook and Instagram  posts. 
Want to dig deeper?  Visit one of the 50 sites on our Walk through History blog.

Enjoy a visit to the historic C.C. Beekman House when
Mrs. Julia Beekman “Invites You to Call”
for a tour of her 1873 home.  

Or visit many of Jacksonville’s original residences through our 45 minute
“Step Back in Time” Historic Home video 

Tour Jacksonville’s pioneer cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in the Pacific Northwest that has remained in continuous use through our new 45 minute
Pioneer Cemetery tour. 

Join us for our on-going “Thirsty Thursday” saloon series featuring early Jacksonville stories of beer, wine, whiskey, saloons, and “entrepreneurs”!

So many ways to see the places and learn about the people who transformed a gold rush town into the 19th Century commercial, governmental, and social hub of Southern Oregon!  Enjoy the treasure trove of Jacksonville History on this website plus daily history trivia on our Facebook  and  Instagram pages.  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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