Jacksonville was a mining town founded in 1851 when gold was discovered here and is a designated National Historic Landmark Town. It is is considered by many as “a town for all seasons”. It was also voted by Budget Travel Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Coolest Small Towns” with many historical buildings throughout the city. Jacksonville has a Victorian Christmas each year complete with Carolers, roasting chestnuts, hot apple cider, wagon rides, town crier, visits with Father Christmas, concerts, historic open houses and much more.
The Hanley Farm
Mary Hanley donated the family farm to the Southern Oregon Historical Society many years ago. Many of the buildings at the farm are from the 1850s-1950s. For several months throughout the year, the Southern Oregon Historical Society holds events and activities for the public to experience the history of our early settlers. They plow the fields with horses, churn butter, and have blacksmith demos. Truly a fun day for the family.
This is a great way to experience all the history of Jacksonville… Ride the trolley through and around our historic streets on a tour of discovery as the people, places, and events that lie hidden in the history of Jacksonville are revealed.
If you have a chance, catch a show at the Britt Festival in beautiful Jacksonville. Throughout summer and early fall many world class entertainers perform here. Outdoor amphitheater nestled amongst the trees. Nothing beats a concert at the Britt.