Escape Back In Time – Explore Jacksonville’s History
Time travel to the 1800s in Jacksonville from May through September. Two volunteer organizations create a variety of programming to explore the history of our town from a variety of perspectives. Friends of the Jacksonville Cemetery offers scheduled tours on the 2nd Saturdays in the morning and evening guided walks on the 2nd Tuesdays. Historic Jacksonville offers two different types of tours of the Cornelius Beekman House on the 3rd & 4th Saturdays of the month, tours for the Beekman Bank and Haunted History Walking Tours.
Narrated Trolley Tours – 45 minute overview of Jacksonville’s history
– 10:30 am – 2:30 pm (departing at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30)
– Fridays – Mondays in May & October
– Daily June – September
Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under. Meet the trolley at the Visitor Information Center – corner of Oregon & C Streets.
Beekman Bank Tours – at the corner of California and North 3rd streets where over $40 million in gold crossed the counters during Jacksonville’s heyday.
11:00 am – 4:00 pm Fridays – Sundays May – August. Admission: $2 suggested donation. Visitors can have the rare experience of stepping behind the counter of the second oldest bank in the Pacific Northwest, preserved intact as a museum since it closed its doors in 1915.
There are also self-guided tours at any time of the year. You can pick up a map or an audio device at the Visitor Information Center.
Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery
at North Oregon and E Streets
2nd Saturdays – Guided Cemetery Tours – 10:00 am
– This unique program was first offered in 2011, and continues to be very popular with locals and visitors alike. Each year features new topics that are sure to be fun, interesting and informative. The talk, followed by a short walking tour, starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. and takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.
PROGRAM SCHEDULE FOR 2018
May 12 – Pioneer Brides, To Love and Cherish
June 9 – 1843 – 2018, The 175th Anniversary of the Oregon Trail
July 14 – Native Americans, The Rogue Valley’s First Residents
August 11 – History of Orchards and Vineyards in Southern Oregon
Evening Walking Tours – 2nd Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. conclude at 8:00 p.m.
Join us for a little after dinner stroll through the cemetery grounds and learn about the history of the various fraternal and religious organizations that make up the seven sections of Jacksonville’s Cemetery. We will also visit a number of grave sites in each of the sections and share the stories of those buried in this Silent City on the Hill.
PROGRAM SCHEDULE FOR 2018
May 8 – Cemetery 101 – Monument Styles and Monument Makers (Rained out August 2017)
June 12 – Untimely Passing’s
July 10 – Art and Artists in the Cemetery
August 14 – Stories of Love and Courtship
Tips to Enjoy Your Tour
- Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.
- Tours and/or topics may not be suitable for children.
- Meet your Docents at the Sexton’s Tool House at the top of Cemetery Road.
- Parking is available within the cemetery grounds.
- No advance registration is required and while the tours are free, donations are greatly appreciated and help to support our educational programs, as well as on-going cemetery restoration and preservation work.
For more information, call 541 826-9939 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Wheelchair accessible by prior arrangements.
Cornelius C. Beekman House Museum
470 E. California Street
Beekman Life Tours – 1st, 2nd, and 5th Saturdays
30 minute tours of the C.C. Beekman House Museum – home to Jacksonville’s wealthiest and most prominent pioneer family. The house remains completely furnished with family artifacts—your opportunity to “step back in time”! Tours run from 11 am – 3 pm. Cost is $3.
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Victorian Days at Beekman House – 3rd Saturdays
View the late 1800s through the lens of the Cornelius Beekman family and Jacksonville. These themed tours explore a different aspect of life in the Victorian Age each month—architecture, travel, music and literature, hobbies and crafts, medicine, and more! For information or reservations, call 541-245-3650 or email email@example.com
Tours run from 11 am – 3 pm and leave approximately every 15 to 20 minutes. Tours last about 45 minutes. Admission: $5.
1932 Living History Tours – 4th Saturdays
The year is 1932. Julia Beekman has passed away. Daughter Carrie has moved to Portland where her brother Ben has been living for the past 43 years. Carrie and Ben are going through closets and cupboards prior to closing up the Beekman House and reminiscing about “growing up Beekman.” And you are invited to visit.
These special Living History Tours are offered at 11 am, 1 & 3 pm on the 4th Saturday of each month – May through September. The living history experience require a minimum of 10 people, are limited to a maximum of 15, and are by advance reservation only! $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors.
Walking Haunted History Tours – 1st & 3rd Fridays
Hear more about the “restless” former residents with Historic Jacksonville, Inc.’s “Haunted History” walking tours on the first and third Friday evening of each month from May through September 2018 and the 2nd Friday & Saturday in Octoober.
Costumed tour guides will share both history and tales of pioneers whose spirits still dwell in may of our historic buildings. These tours typically sell out in advance so advance reservations are encouraged. Cost is $5.
For information or reservations, call 541-245-3650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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