Victorian Days

Our Victorian Days tours view different aspects of life in the late 1800s through the lens of the gold mining town of Jacksonville and the Beekman family, the town’s most prominent and wealthiest pioneers.

Join Historic Jacksonville between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the third and fourth weekends of October 2020 for special Saturday and Sunday Victorian Mourning Customs tours at Jacksonville’s historic Beekman House Museum.    

10/17, 10/18, 10/24 & 10/25 – Victorian Mourning Customs – “Honoring the Dearly Departed”

The Victorians created elaborate rituals around the passing of a loved one.  A funeral invitation and Victorian casket in the house parlor will recreate the sense of a home funeral of the era.  Mirrors will be draped in black, clocks stopped, and photos of the deceased turned to the wall.   Docents will share proper Victorian mourning etiquette for home décor, clothing, funerals, and social behavior as well as superstitions, séances, mementos, and a few popular practices of the time that we would find bizarre today.

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One-hour tours begin every 15 minutes.  All activities are at Jacksonville’s 1873 C.C. Beekman House Museum, located at 470 E. California Street.  Admission is $5.  

Private tours for groups of 10 to 15 can also be arranged at a cost of $10 per person.

 

 


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