“Travel in the Victorian Era” Beekman House Themed Tour

Historic Jacksonville, Inc. brings the history of Jacksonville and Southern Oregon to life through tours, events, and activities that share the stories of the pioneers who settled the region following the discovery of gold in 1852.

In the span of 50 years from this initial gold discovery to the turn of the century, Victorian travel options went from horseback, wagon, stagecoach, and sailing ship to railroad, steamship and automobile.  And the Jacksonville’s Cornelius C. Beekman family experienced them all!

Join Historic Jacksonville for Travel in the Victorian Era from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. onSaturday, July 16, at the 1873 C. C. Beekman house.  The house is located at 470 E. California Street in Jacksonville.

On the 3rd Saturday of each month through October,  we continue to explore different aspects of Victorian life at the Beekman House.  Upcoming themes include etiquette, fashion, and mourning customs.

Then time travel to 1932 with Beekman House Living History on the 4th Saturday each month through September.  You’re invited to meet and interact with Ben and Carrie Beekman, family members, and friends, as they close up the Beekman House, reminisce about life in the late 1800s, and comment on 1930s events.

On Friday, August 12, we continue our new Jacksonville Haunted History walking tours.  These tours are not be your typical ghost tours. They are history tours about real hauntings resulting from past events.  These tours will be offered again on September and October dates that have yet to be determined.

And we are pleased to announce that the Beekman Bank is now open for tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday through Labor Day weekend. 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.

Also be sure to “like” Historic Jacksonville, Inc. (historicjville) on Facebook for weekly snippets of local history each History Trivia Tuesday!  Our monthlyHistory Mystery will resume later this year when we again tackle Great Grandma’s attic.  Look for more chances to enter drawings for gift certificates to local restaurants and merchants when you correctly identify unusual historical objects we’ve come across.

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