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Celebrate Victorian Christmas at historic Jacksonville home
The Beekman house, once home to Jacksonville’s wealthiest pioneer family has been decked out in Christmas decorations fit for a 19th-century family. Historic Jacksonville, Inc. is offering tours …
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Sept 17, 2019


Living (And Barely Breathing) History In Jacksonville
Jacksonville was born and grew into the county seat back in the Victorian days.  Even now the historic downtown does not look that different from how it looked when “good Queen Vic” was alive. Historic Jacksonville, Inc. spends a few days this month and next recreating those halcyon (and occasionally bizarre) times in town.  Events include people wearing Victorian clothing and recreating elaborate Victorian mourning rituals.
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Screen shot 2014-07-15 at  Jul 15   3.40.12 PMAugust 29, 2019

  Tank of Gas Getaway:
Jacksonville Haunted History Tour
Perhaps the best way to learn about historic Jacksonville, Oregon is to discover it’s ghostly past. Creepy? Oh, yes. Fascinating? Definitely! In this Tank of Gas Getaway, we reveal Jacksonville’s strange, haunted history.
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June 10, 2019   Take A Step Through History
Guests will learn about the life of a Jacksonville billiard saloon owner during walking tours that tell the stories of people, places and events that made the town the commercial, government and social hub of Southern Oregon in the late 1800s. Organized by Historic Jacksonville Inc., the free tours are offered each Saturday morning starting at 10 a.m. at the historic courthouse square on North Fifth Street between C and D streets. Tours continue through Aug. 31.
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 December 7, 2017  

Jacksonville “treasure hunt” turns up historical books
One of Jacksonville’s first doctors has returned to the public eye after a collection of his books was returned to the shelves of the Beekman Bank at Third and California streets. “I noticed a trend. A lot of them were signed Chas B. Brooks. I thought, ‘Who is this?,’ ” said volunteer Gayle Lewis, who was involved in bringing back to the bank 119 volumes that had been in the possession of the Southern Oregon Historical Society.
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 December 4, 2017  

Bank on a Merry Beekman Christmas
When Historic Jacksonville, Inc. opens the historic Beekman Bank Museum for “Behind the Counter” tours during Jacksonville’s Victorian Christmas celebration over the first three weekends in December, they will also be sharing an early Christmas present with the public. The Southern Oregon Historical Society is returning many of the original books that lined the bank’s shelves, just in time for the holidays.
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 December 4, 2017  

Beekman House and Larry Smith
Jacksonville artist Tony Laenen captured the essence of Victorian Christmas with his delightful watercolor depiction of Town Crier and Historian Larry Smith ringing-in holiday cheer. After retiring in 2000 as a Civil Engineer with the US Geological Survey, Tony began painting. Soon after, he and his wife, Carol, moved to Jacksonville in 2014 from the Portland area. He usually works in watercolor and acrylics and is a member of Art Presence where you can view more oh his work during their December art exhibit. In addition, Tony also does woodcarving (1/8-scale carousel horses) and has recently published a book, The Journey.


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