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Sat. and Sun. in Jacksonville– Victorian Christmas at Beekman House

December 2, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm



Experience a Victorian Christmas this holiday season at the historic Beekman House, located at 470 E. California Street in Jacksonville, Oregon.  This 1873 residence, home to Jacksonville’s wealthiest pioneer family, is decorated for a 19th Century Christmas celebration, and you’re invited to visit.  Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23, Victorian costumed docents will share the origins of popular Christmas traditions and observances along with stories of Beekman and Jacksonville holiday festivities in the late 1800s.  Special “Boxing Day” tours will be offered on Wednesday, December 26.

     Beekman House Christmas tours begin approximately every 15 minutes and last about an hour.  Visitors can look for the good luck German pickle ornament on the Christmas tree, sing a Christmas carol, steal a kiss under the mistletoe, hear about typical Victorian presents the Beekmans exchanged, and sample one of Mrs. Beekman’s sugar cookies.

     “Cornelius Beekman’s family was of Dutch ancestry; his wife’s family was German,” points out Carolyn Kingsnorth, President of Historic Jacksonville, Inc., the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides tours, events and programs at the Beekman House throughout the year.  “Their cultures contributed Santa Claus and Christmas trees to our current Christmas traditions.  Other pioneers brought the holiday customs of Scandinavia, England, France and eastern Europe, all of which have melded into how we celebrate Christmas today.” 

     Tour admission is $5, paid at the door.  It is not recommended for small children.


December 2, 2018
11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Historic Beekman House
470 E. California St.
Jacksonville, OR 97530 United States
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