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, Inc. offers several different types of tours of the 1873 Beekman House throughout the year, plus tours of the 1863 Beekman Bank, Jacksonville Haunted History Walking Tours, and “Walk through Time” tours. Visit www.historicjacksonville.org for details.
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
(No trolley tours for the rest of October 2019 due to mechanical issues)
– Daily June – September
To confirm if the trolley is running as scheduled go to: http://jacksonvilleoregon.com/calendar/
Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under. Meet the trolley at the Visitor Information Center – corner of Oregon & C Streets.
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 May – August – 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.
Evening Walking Tours – 2nd Tuesdays May – August 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.
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
Tours of the Beekman House are provided by Historic Jacksonville, Inc. You can always find the most current information on tours and other programs at: www.HistoricJacksonville.org
Located at 470 E. California in Jacksonville and home to Cornelius C. Beekman, the wealthiest and most prominent of Jacksonville’s pioneers, the house remains completely furnished with family artifacts, a rarity when most historic homes are furnished with period pieces. View the late 1800s through the lens of the Beekman family members and Jacksonville in a variety of tours throughout the year. Tours are not recommended for young children.
19th Century Family Life Tours – Saturdays Memorial Day – Labor Day
30 minute tours begin every 20 minutes and offer highlights of the Beekman family lifestyle, the changes brought about by the 19th Century Industrial Revolution, and Victorian architectureal and design innovations.
Tours run from 11 am – 3 pm. Cost is $3.
Victorian Days at Beekman House – September & October
“Victorian Days” Tours: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of September and October. 50-minute tours begin every 15 minutes and offer glimpses into aspects of Victorian life.
September 21 & 22, 2019 tours feature the evolution of Victorian fashion with clothing on loan from the Southern Oregon Historical Society collection.
October 19 & 20 tours have the Beekman house decorated as a Victorian house in mourning with docents in 19th Century mourning attire sharing the many ways Victorians honored their “dearly departed.” Admission: $5.
For information or reservations, call 541-245-3650 or email email@example.com
Tours: 11 am – 3 pm and leave approximately every 15 minutes. Admission: $5.
1932 Living History Tours – 4th Saturday February – May
50-minute tours interact with the Beekman children, Ben and Carrie, and other family members and friends, as they close up the house, comment on Depression Era events, and reminisce about growing up in the late 1800s. Admission: $8, Adults; $5, Seniors/Students.
“1932 Living History” Tours: 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm
4th Saturdays – February – May: Feb. 23, Mar. 23. Apr. 27, May 25
Walking Haunted History Tours – 1st Fridays
Hear about Jacksonville’s “restless” former residents in Historic Jacksonville, Inc.’s 1-hour “Haunted History” walking tours. Costumed tour guides share both history and tales of pioneers whose spirits still dwell in many of our historic buildings.
There are two different tours. One feature brothels, epidemics, and hangings and the other highlight arson, saloons, Chinatown, and 2 of the most haunted houses in town. Admission: $5. Advance reservations encouraged! 541-245-3650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Walk through Time” – 10 am every Saturday June – August
Free. 1 hour walk leaves from “Courthouse Square” on North 5th Street. Visit government and commercial buildings, fraternal lodges, and homes that capture the stories of Jacksonville’s National Historic Landmark District and the people who transformed a gold rush town into Southern Oregon’s 19th Century social, governmental, and commercial hub.
Beekman Bank Museum
Located at 110 W. California Street, Beekman’s “bank,” established in 1857, was the first financial institution in the Pacific Northwest. Originally a “gold dust” office, the current 1863 building was constructed when Beekman became a Wells Fargo agent. During Jacksonville’s heyday, over $40 million in gold crossed its counters–equivalent to over $1 billion in gold today.
“Behind the Counter” tours
11 am – 4 pm Friday – Monday Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day
Step behind the counter of the oldest financial institution in the Pacific Northwest, peek in drawers, enter the vault, try to open the safe, and hear about late 1800’s banking practices. Allow approximately 30 minutes. Free. (Suggested donation, $3)
“Secrets & Mysteries of the Beekman Bank” Tours – 1st Saturday January-May
Regional historian Ben Truwe pursues secrets lost with the last Beekman in 45-minute candlelight tours of the oldest financial institution in the Pacific Northwest.
Tours begin at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. each tour night. Cost: $5–reservations required! 541-245-3650 or email@example.com
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