Why Jacksonville is called “One of America’s Top 10 Coolest Small Towns” by Frommers – Travel Guide.
From hiking local trails to strolling amongst main street’s boutique shops it’s about living the good life and it’s about … food and wine.
A three and one-half hour guided tour through a charming town of the Wild West era…The second largest Gold Rush in America’s history happened here – Gold Fever and a history of bank robbers at the ‘still standing preserved Beekman Bank’. Today, you’ll walk the streets of Wyatt Earp -enjoy Victorian culture and architecture,visit quaint museums, unique shops and great dining ( three of the past five U. S. Presidents ate at the five-star Jacksonville Inn). Sip great hand-crafted wines, artisan coffee roasters, and maybe ride an open-air trolley. One of our most popular guided tours leaves daily and can include lunch!
Situated in the Heart of the Oregon Western Territory just off I-5 reflect on the 1852 words, “There’s gold in them thar hills!”just a few years after the 1849 San Francisco Gold Rush. Thousands (including their Chinese workforce) flocked to the Southern Oregon town of Jacksonville.
Upon Oregon statehood in 1859, the town became the wealthiest and most populous in the whole state. Jacksonville today looks much like it did back then. With Victorian charm, original brick store fronts and saloon-style shops that make you feel like you are traveling back in time!
- Historic Jacksonville is just 30 minutes from Ashland. En route you may even get to experience some of Southern Oregon’s award-winning wines and cheeses.
- Tours last 3.5 hours and include a narrative by a professional guide, transportation, museum entry, historic cemetary tour and winery admission / tasting or a home-made ice cream parlor treat! We leave daily at 11:00 am or 1:00 pm
- Cost: $79. (Per person, please book at least 24-48 hours in advance.)
Because of its old west appeal, Hollywood has chosen this location several times to film westerns. Big Hollywood names like Clif Roberts and Robert Duvall starred in the Great Northfield Minnesota Raid; Kirk Douglas and many others have used the historic city of Jacksonville as a backdrop for their feature films.
The shopping in Jacksonville is some of the best in Oregon!
In 1852, Peter Britt (1819-1905) arrived in the small, rowdy mining camp of Jacksonville with $5 in his pocket and a wagon full of photography equipment. Like thousands before him, the Swiss immigrant came to America, and to the West, to make a new life for himself.
By the time he died, half a century later, Britt was one of Oregon’s most celebrated citizens. Through thousands of photographs, he chronicled 50 years of life and growth in Southern Oregon. Miners, farmers, ranchers, builders, bankers, merchants, clergymen and families were all captured by Britt’s lens.
From Jacksonville’s inauspicious beginnings in the 1850s to Southern Oregon’s agricultural prominence at the turn of the century, Britt’s images tell the stories of those who settled and transformed our region.
But Britt’s camera represents only one aspect of his contribution to Oregon history. A fervent believer in the agricultural promise of the Rogue Valley, Britt planted the first fruit trees in the region and opened Oregon’s first winery. At various times he was a miner, packer, financier, beekeeper and meteorologist.
Evidence of Peter Britt’s remarkable life is still visible on the Britt hill where his home and gardens once stood. It is now a County Park preserved with many of Britt’s original trees still producing fruit, and the Sequoia sapling Britt planted on the day his first child was born in 1862 standing more than 200 feet tall.
Today the former Britt Estate hosts the world-class open air Britt Music Festivals that offer entertainment from June-September, under-the stars, featuring the best in Jazz to Classical – Rock to Country Venues as exciting as larger metro regions offer.
Main Street Tours Terms and Conditions
Daily tours are designed to accommodate a minimum of 2 or more persons. We also make arrangements for larger group tours — ask about our larger group discounts.
Our tour guides are professional hosts and educators, and our transport vehicles are custom, air-conditioned vans, Town Cars, or in some cases, buses.
We request that a hold deposit for a date is secured in advance and that all tours be paid in full by the tour departure date.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations after deposits are made, received more than 48 hours prior to a tour date or reservation booking, will result in a refund of 90% of the reservation price to cover our handling costs. Less than 48 hours from tour departure, a 50% cancellation fee is required. Feel free to contact us at (541) 482-9852 for extenuating circumstances.
We are not responsible for lost or stolen articles left on board any of our vehicles or at wineries.
We are safety certified by the Red Cross.