Having preserved its gold rush roots from the 1850's, Jacksonville is one of the few select towns to be designated as a National Historic Landmark. But this town will charm you with more than its history. The quaint brick and wooden buildings now house an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, spas and unique lodging – not to mention fantastic wine tasting rooms. The Woodlands Trail System offers 20+ miles of trails for hiking and biking where you can take in the scenery, learn some history and enjoy our fresh air. There is so much to do that you will want to stay several days to fit everything in and allow yourself time to simply enjoy the relaxed, small-town ambience.Britt Festivals
Now in its 51st year, Britt Festivals is the Pacific Northwest's premiere open air performing arts festival that presents world-class artists in country, pop, folk, blues, jazz, world, bluegrass and classical music, dance and comedy from June through September. Britt's performance venue is a naturally formed amphitheater set among majestic ponderosa pines and native madrones on the beautiful hillside estate of one of Jacksonville's pioneers, 19th century photographer, orchardist and viticulturalist Peter Britt.
The setting is casual and relaxing and many attendees arrive early to enjoy a picnic dinner and people watching. You can bring your own picnic or select from an array of food and beverages selections sold on the site. You have a choice of reserved or lawn seating and can get more information on scheduled events and tickets at www.brittfest.org or call 541-773-6077.National Historic Landmark
Gold was first discovered in Rich Gulch in 1851. Within months the area was filled with prospectors seeking their fortune. From out of the thriving mining camps emerged a boom town that became Jacksonville. The town thrived as the county seat and the largest city in Oregon until the railroad bypassed the town in 1884. The boom was over and businesses and residents moved away over the next 50 years.
These unfortunate events actually helped preserve the town's rich historical legacy. With much of the architecture still intact, Jacksonville was designated a National Historic Landmark with over 100 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
You can take in a little of the town's history through a narrated tour – either on your own or with a guide. You can walk, bike or rent a Segway, or in the summer months, hop aboard the town trolley with a historically garbed guide. The cemetery that overlooks the town offers a glimpse into the lives of the people who founded Jacksonville in an era before modern medicine. It is truly one of the most beautiful cemeteries in America. A narrated tour of the cemetery is one of four tours that can be downloaded at www.jacksonvilleoregon.org. The other tours focus on the historic business building, historic homes, and the Woodland Trails www.jvwoodlands.org, which features the sites of the gold mining activity.Wine
For wine lovers, Jacksonville is the gateway to one of Oregon's newest wine appellations - the Applegate Valley. You can enjoy several tasting rooms right in town as well as touring the 16 wineries in the breathtaking Applegate Valley. The Applegate Valley climate is an alternative to Oregon's cool-climate viticulture and is conducive to Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux red varietals. For more information go to www.applegatewinetrail.com.Shopping, Dining & Playing
Housed in the historic commercial buildings and former homes, Jacksonville's shops, bistros and restaurants are independently owned and offer their own unique merchandise and culinary perspectives. Whether you are looking for a decorative accent for your home or garden, unique toys and gifts, specialty products for the chef or a fabulous outfit, it is easy to lose yourself for a day exploring all of our shops and boutiques. When you are ready to take a break you have a choice of welcoming coffee shops and bistros as well as full-services restaurants of all types. Find out more information at www.www.jacksonvilleoregonlodging.com/links.
Then when you are ready for some site-seeing and other activities you can plan some day trips, using Jacksonville as your home base
The internationally recognized Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) just 20 minutes away in Ashland presents an eight-and-a-half-month season of eleven plays in three theatres plus numerous ancillary activities. In addition to their namesake, the reparatory company produces contemporary and other non-Shakespearean plays as well as musicals resulting in 780 performances annually with attendance of approximately 400,000. You can pack your schedule with matinee and evening performances as well as backstage tours and other educational programming. www.osfashland.org.
Jacksonville is located in southern Oregon, just 30 miles north of the California border and 5 miles off of I-5 at Medford at Exit 30.
Jacksonville Visitors Center 541-899-8118www.jacksonvilleoregon.org