C.C. Beekman House Museum
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The C.C. Beekman House Museum, constructed around 1873, was home to the wealthiest and most prominent Jacksonville, Oregon, pioneer family. From a humble beginning as an express rider carrying mail, packages, and gold over the Siskiyous to Yreka, California, Cornelius Beekman built a business empire of banking, insurance, mining, and real estate interests—one of the self-made men who built their fortunes in the Rogue Valley. He was also a dedicated public servant, at various times serving as Superintendent of the School Board, town Trustee, Mayor of Jacksonville, candidate for Governor of Oregon, Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge, and Regent of the University of Oregon.
His Victorian Carpenter Gothic home was built at a time when modesty was in fashion, before the "if you've got it, flaunt it" architecture of the 1890s. The Beekmans owned and occupied the home through the 1950s. The house remains completely furnished with family artifacts—a rarity when most historic homes are furnished with period pieces.
In addition to the Beekman House Museum, the current property includes a carriage house, converted in the early 1900s to a home for a married cook and gardener; a cool house, outhouse, and well; and spacious lawns. Some of the property's original acreage is now part of a native plant arboretum and local hiking trails. The entire acreage is owned by the City of Jacksonville; the house property is managed by Historic Jacksonville, Inc.
Tour dates and times vary by season.