Mail Tribune file photo The Beekman House and Beekman Bank, historic properties managed by the group, are expected to open to the public in September.
Visitors will be able to take guided historic walking tours of Jacksonville again from June after a year off from the pandemic.
The horse-drawn tours have resumed, the trolley tours will begin in mid-June, and the cemetery talks with tours will begin in July.
Historic Jacksonville, Inc. nonprofit is offering their free Saturday walks starting June 5th through September 4th. In the evening, the haunted tours will continue on June 11th and continue monthly until October. The Beekman House and Beekman Bank, historic properties managed by the group, are expected to open to the public in September.
“It will really depend on how comfortable our instructors are touring,” said Carolyn Kingsnorth, president of the organization, of the indoor opening. “One of the things (the closure) allowed us to take care of some of the delayed maintenance to fix old plaster.”
“Walk through History,” on Saturdays at 10 am, visits government buildings, fraternal lodges, and homes in the city’s National Historic Landmark Districts. Docents tells stories of people who made the gold rush town the social, state and commercial center of the region.
Tours are free, but donations are accepted. Reservations are required for the tour. Participants who are not fully vaccinated are asked to wear masks.
Starting in June, two haunted tours are offered every second Friday of the month. In October, tours are offered on Friday October 8th and Saturday October 9th. A Britt Hill tour features stories of arson, saloons, and Oregon’s first Chinatown. The Courthouse Tour features stories of brothels, epidemics, and curtains.
Haunted tours are $ 10 per person and reservations must be made by 4:00 p.m. on tour days. No walk-up sales are available. Private tours can be arranged for 10 to 12 guests at a cost of USD 15 per person. All tours depart from the Jacksonville Visitors Center on the corner of North Oregon and West C Streets. Registrations can be made online at Historicaljacksonville.org.
Beekman House is slated to open in September when the group resumes their presentations on the history of the weekend with a presentation on Victorian fashion.
The lecturers will be dressed from this period. Victorian funeral customs are introduced in October. The traditional Victorian Christmas events also take place in the house.
“One of the problems is that the space is just too small. We had considered doing self-guided tours this summer, but when we had enough instructors to oversee them, it would have taken more than a full house tour, ”said Kingsnorth.
During the pandemic, Kingsnorth made “posts” entitled “Mrs. Beekman Invites You to Call,” a bi-weekly series that appeared on the group’s website and featured events and family history and details of the house in the Years 1912 and 1913 reported.
“I tried to use a voice to represent them,” Kingsnorth said. She had a collection of letters from Julia and memories from others of things she said. The series ends in mid-June.
Beekman Bank tours could resume in the fall. The bank is the oldest financial institution in the Pacific Northwest. Previous tours included “Secrets & Mysteries of the Beekman Bank”.
Gary Rose’s “Back in Time” car rides resumed in May. Trips through the historic district take 20 minutes and cost $ 10 per person. A one hour tour is also available.
Arrangements can also be made for cellar tours, weddings, and a wagon visit to the Rose Horse Farm north of town. Information can be found on Facebook under Horse Drawn Wagon Rides – Gary Rose.
The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce will resume trolley tours on weekends in mid-June. The 45-minute tour is $ 6 for adults and $ 3 for children. It leaves the visitor center. Weekly operation is expected to begin in July.
Visitors looking to explore on their own have several options to learn about the history of the city.
New City Hall, the former Jackson County Court House from 1883 on 5th Street, has more than 75 photos of the city from the 1850s to the 1930s in the main hall. The exhibition was curated, printed and installed by Councilor Ken Gregg, a professional photographer.
In front of the New Town Hall, “A Path through Time” has a dozen granite slabs on the sidewalk that tell stories about the development of the city.
The Jacksonville Historic Cemetery has information including a self-guided tour brochure available from a kiosk next to Sexton’s Tool House. From July to September there will be a total of five discussions with hiking tours. Details can be found at friendsjvillecemeter.org.
Reach out to Ashland freelance writer Tony Boom at [email protected]