Jacksonville Travel Guide

  • Wild Madrone Tree Over Pioneer Tombs
    Wild Madrone Tree Over Pioneer Tombs
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    A Side Street in Jacksonville, Oregon
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Jacksonville Things to Do

  • Beekman House and Canyon Trail

    On California Street (the old stage coach road) just east of the Presbyterian Church, is the Beekman House. Beekman was a prominent banker in town, and he left behind not only a lovely mansion, but also a natural canyon trail. The house can be toured only by appointment, but the canyon trail, which specializes in native flora and fauna, is open...

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  • Historic Residential Homes on the South...

    South of California Street are several blocks of impressive historical homes, most of which were substantial mansion during the town's heyday, nearly all have been restored and plates date their construction. Some have been turned into bed and breakfast hotels where anyone can stay.

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  • Historic Residential Homes Off Main...

    In the neighborhood of the courthouse, on the north side of California street are a scattered collection of homes, typically less than mansions in size, that are of historic and architectural interest. Most have been restored and labeled with historical plates. There are also several impressive homes along California Street, just east of the...

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  • Historic Churches: First Presbyterian...

    Clearly the most impressive church building in town is that of First Presbyterian. It's easy to find since its on the stage coach road into town. Built in 1881, it remains in use, and the congregational website provides additional details as to the church history. Unfortunately, the church building was closed at the time I visited, so I couldn't...

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  • Historic Churches: St Joseph's and the...

    Jacksonville has a number of churches the architecture of which merits historic interest. St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church is a well maintained wood framed church building near the courthouse. On 4th street, the Catholic Rectory, originally a home, is well preserved both inside and out.

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  • Jacksonville Cemetary: Tombstone...

    The cemetary has the history of several prominent families, and in some cases describes the struggle of pioneer life. There are tombs to children and to women who died in child birth. There is a tombstone for a husband that was killed during conflict with Native Americans.

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  • Jacksonville Cemetary: Tombstone Art

    The Jacksonville Cemetary has a small museum and a map with information about the history of the cemetary and it's layout. There are sections for the secret societies and separate religions and ethnic groups found among the pioneer gold miners. The museum also helps to interpret the symbolism found in the tombstone artwork.

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  • Jacksonville Cemetary: The Madrone...

    For many tourists of old historic towns, the pioneer cemetary is nothing more than a boring walk among broken tombstones. But, the Jacksonville Cemetary has an exceptional and beautiful location within a Madrone forest on a knoll above town. The cemetary is part of a historic park maintained by the town, and the walk to the top is a short but...

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  • Jacksonville Courthouse

    The most significant architectural gem in Jacksonville is the old courthouse building, which is now a museum. Originally scheduled for demolition, a local group was formed in 1946 to save the building, and in fact this group remains alive as an institution devoted to preservation of buildings throughout southern Oregon. In any case, I have here...

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Jacksonville Restaurants

  • Fresh Ice Cream and Sorbet

    For ice cream lovers this is a must stop place. The frozen confections are fresh made daily and presented not in cardboard cartoons, but as whimpsical shapes within stainless steel trays. Naturally, chocolate and white chocolate are there, but so are mango, strawberry, watermelon, and other fresh fruit flavors. You can't miss this place as it's...

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  • Mexican on the Balcony

    La Fiesta is located in an old main street building on the west end of the main drag. It's hard to miss. The building is on a hillside, so the balcony is easier to access on the backside. The restaurant has extensive inside and outside seating, and the chef really knows how to cook good Mexican food. This is a Mexican family restaurant tailored to...

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Jacksonville Nightlife

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    by carmenlilly Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Bella Union is a restaurant and bar/ pub.
    They have plenty of different beers to choose from.
    Since I didn't eat, I don't know what the food is like, but other guests seemed pretty pleased :)
    They have live music in the evening.
    Staff is really nice too.

    Dress Code: casual

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Jacksonville Transportation

  • Driving or Cycling to and away from...

    One of the great things about Jacksonville is that it is off the beaten path. However, to find Jacksonville could be confusing because of the network of winding roads in the area. I bicycled from Phoenix, OR, which has a major exit and truck stop on I-5, and had to make several turns. There are also backroads direct to Jacksonville from Ashland,...

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  • Take a Segway Tour of Town

    Segway of Jacksonville is right across from the entrance to the old pioneer cemetary. The prices for rental are relatively steep by my wallet, so I didn't rent one. But, the large selection makes checking out these vehicles interesting. Check the website below for more information.

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Jacksonville Shopping

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    by carmenlilly Written Nov 13, 2005

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    This is more tip for all the stores in Jacksonville. Just as in Ashland there are many small stores in Jacksonville with unique stuff, so if you take your time to wander through the stores you'll probably find sth. you really like
    There's also a store for historical clothing. I read that on some sundays people will walk around town in historical clothing. Unfortunatly I didn't have a chacne to see that.

    What to buy: Individual jewlery, etc.

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Jacksonville Local Customs

  • Britt Gardens and Music Festival

    Britt Gardens were originally created by photographer Peter Britt, whose home was on the 4.5 acre hillside parcel. Manicured foot trails remaink, but now the park is primarily devoted to the summer festival of music, which are fully described by the web link below.

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  • Local Public Parks

    Jacksonville has several parks oriented toward local residents that tourists may also use. Just below the cemetary is a skateboard park that's not overly crowded, but is well designed for the purpose. On the southeast side of town is a public park with playground equipment and picnic tables for families and groups.

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  • Watch the Deer

    Deer are treated very well in Jacksonville. Hunters would consider them treated too well as they are plentiful even in town. I don't recommend trying to pet one, but they sure are cute to watch. Unfortunately, the excess population of deer isn't due so much to a lack of hunters, but a low population of natural predator species in the area, such as...

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