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.

Printable PDF of combined schedule & information:  CLICK HERE

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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.

Dates & Topics for 2017 History Saturday Guided Cemetery Tours:

May 13 – “Entertainment & Leisure Time”
June 10 – “Travel by Stagecoach”
July 8 – “Early Jacksonville Fires”
August 12 –  “Farmers & Ranchers”
September 9 – “Pack Trains”

2nd Tuesdays – Evening Walking Tours-  6:30 p.m. and 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.

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May 9- Improved & Independent Order of Red Men
June 13 – City Section
July 11 – Cemetery Art –  Inscriptions & Symbolism
August 8 – Cemetery Ornamentation – Monument Styles & Makers  

  • 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 Wheelchair accessible by prior arrangements.

3rd Saturdays – Victorian Themed Tours of the Beekman House tims 870

Tour the Cornelius Beekman House at 470 E. California Street between 11am and 4pm and view the late 1800s through the lens of the Cornelius Beekman family and Jacksonville. The Beekmans were one of the most prominent and wealthiest of Jacksonville’s pioneer families.

The house was owned and occupied by only the one family and remains completely furnished with family artifacts. These theme tours explore a different aspect of life in the Victorian Age each month—architecture, travel, music and literature, hobbies and crafts, medicine, and more!

Tours leave approximately every 15 to 20 minutes and last about 45 minutes. Admission: $5, adults; $3, seniors and children aged 6-12.  A Bank and House combined tour ticket is available for $6. Private tours of the Bank and House are also available subject to time and staffing considerations.

4th Saturdays – 1932 Living History Tours –  

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 sWelcome to the Beekman Housepecial Living History Tours are offered at Jacksonville’s historic Beekman House, located at 470 E. California Street, at 12 noon and 2:30 pm on the 4th Saturday of each month from May through September. Additional dates may be possible for group bookings.

The living history experience require a minimum of 10 people, are limited to a maximum of 15, and are by advance reservation only! $10 per person.

Walking Haunted History Tours – Hear more about the “restless” former residents with Historic Jacksonville, Inc.’s “Haunted History” walking tours on the first Friday evening of each month from May through September 2017 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.

For information or reservations, call 541-245-3650 or email




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