• Visit two historic homes Saturday

  • Get a look at two pioneer homes showing life in town and on the farm on Saturday, May 10.
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  • Get a look at two pioneer homes showing life in town and on the farm on Saturday, May 10.
    The 1857 Hanley farmstead and the 1873 Beekman House open to the public. Both remain completely furnished with family artifacts, an even greater rarity when most historic homes are furnished primarily with period pieces.
    The historic Hanley farmhouse, located at 1053 Hanley Road between Central Point and Jacksonville, will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the Southern Oregon Historical Society's Heritage Plant and Garden Fair.
    The event includes the sale of Hanley heritage flowers, shrubs and vegetable seedlings, a garden scavenger hunt, old-fashioned games, and an opportunity to dig in the dirt with the Hanley farmers. The Rogue Valley Orchid Society will host a special orchid exhibit in the Hanley greenhouse and also have orchids for sale.
    Jacksonville's 1873 Beekman House, located at 470 E. California St., will feature "Victorian Architecture — Then and Now," an exploration of the architectural innovations of the late 1800s and the various styles that evolved during that period. Docents will lead tours every 20 minutes between noon and 4 p.m. The tours are part of Jacksonville's History Saturday, which also includes tours of Jacksonville's Pioneer Cemetery and a rare "behind the counter" visit to the 1863 Beekman Bank.
    Admission to the Hanley Heritage Plant and Garden Fair is free; house tours are $3. Admission to the Beekman House is $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors. For additional information visit www.sohs.org or www.historicjacksonville.org.
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