Jeremiah Nunan House, Jacksonville, Oregon
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Noted as a historical showcase, the Gold Rush town of Jacksonville has been designated as a National Historic Landmark Community. Located in the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains, this old west town has over 90 original brick and wooden buildings that date back to the 1850s. Using the 100 year old photographs of pioneer Peter Britt, many have been restored to their original state. Strolling by the historic buildings on Oregon and California Streets will take you back to the frontier days of this mining town.

Peter Britt, a Swiss native, lived in Jacksonville. He was an accomplished photographer and horticulturist, who took the first photos of Crater Lake. These photographs later aided in the decision to designate it as a National Park. His photographic work can be seen at the Jackson County Museum. His elaborate and extensive gardens, (the Peter Britt Gardens at First and Pine Street), were the site of the original Peter Britt Music Festival. Now held at the Britt Pavilion just south of the Gardens, the festival has internationally renowned performers, and features jazz, popular, classical, bluegrass and country music, as well as dance, musical theater, Broadway musicals and more. It is a series of approximately 40 concerts, scheduled from the last week of June through the first week of September.

A visit to the Beekman House, circa 1876, brings history alive as actors dressed in costumes of the period portray the Beekman family in a living history exhibit. The Beekman Bank, established in 1863, is also open to visitors and had many of the original furnishings, including a collection of Wells Fargo memorabilia.

 


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    The beautiful Queen Anne style Jeremiah Nunan House, circa 1892, is called the Catalogue House.

    Purchased by Jeremiah Nunan as a Christmas present for his wife, Delia, it was shipped from Knoxville, Tennessee in 14 railroad boxcars. It took six months to assemble it in Jacksonville.


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