See a Victorian Christmas

    Jacksonville's historic Beekman House opens for three weekends in December to showcase how Jacksonville's wealthiest pioneer family celebrated Christmas.

    Costumed docents will talk about Victorian Christmas traditions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2, 8-9, and 15-16, at the 1873 C.C. Beekman House, located at 470 E. California St. Visitors can search for a good luck German pickle ornament on the Christmas tree, sing carols, learn about presents the Beekmans exchanged and even sample sugar cookies baked from a Beekman family recipe.

    Mrs. Beekman's Christmas Bazaar will sell toys, crafts, collectibles, holiday items, and popular gifts of the late 1800s.

    Tour admission is $4 for adults; $2 for seniors 65 and older and children ages 6-12. Bazaar admission is free. All proceeds from house tours and the bazaar go to the Beekman House Preservation and Restoration Project.

    For information, call the city of Jacksonville at 541-899-1231.

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