Marker Cleaning and Monthly Workshops - 2019

Third Saturday of the month, April 20, June 15, July 20, August 17, and September 21. (Please note there is no cleaning or workshop in May, as we are busy preparing the cemetery for Memorial Day) ​ 

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

A Fun and Interesting Volunteer Project

Many grave markers are covered in moss, lichen, dirt and with time, have darkened and become quite difficult to read. Join us and learn the latest techniques and tools to safely clean these stones. This is a hands-on workshop so dress accordingly. Since this project began in 2013,volunteers have cleaned a total of 672 grave markers, along with curbing and urns, a very impressive number. You may want to bring a stool to sit on while working, sun screen and a hat. Meet at the Sexton's Tool House, top of the Cemetery Road, for instructions and to pick up supplies. For additional information or questions, call 541 826-9939 or email

Evening Cemetery Stroll - 2019

Second Tuesday of the month, May 14, June 11, July 9, and August 13.

6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Each month different sections of the cemetery will be visited.  Our talk will focus on the history of those fraternal and religious organizations who own the property, and on some of those who are buried within the grounds. These casual and slow paced strolls will also cover other interesting and informative cemetery related topics such as marker styles, makers, and cemetery symbolism to name a few.  

No advance reservations are required, just meet your Docent at the top of the Cemetery Road near the flag pole. Parking is available within the cemetery grounds. Donations are always appreciated and help with ongoing restoration work and our educational programs.

A complete Program Schedule can be found under the Guided Tours section of this website.


History Saturday in the Cemetery - 2019

Second Saturday of the Month on May 11, June 8, July 13 and August 10.

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Returning for its 9th year is our History Saturday Program in Jacksonville's beautiful Pioneer Cemetery. Presentations will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. and take approximately 90 minutes. Once again this year we will be offering fun, informative and interesting topics that we are sure you will enjoy.

This type of tour may not be suitable for the very young. No advance registration is required. Meet your Docents at the Sexton's Tool House, top of the Cemetery Road near the flag pole. Parking is available within the cemetery grounds. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

There is no fee for the tours however, donations are greatly appreciated and help support our educational programs and restoration and preservation work within the cemetery.

A complete Program Schedule can be found under the Guided Tours section of this website.

Spring and Pre-Memorial Day Cemetery Clean-up Day

Saturday, May 18, 2019

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Volunteers Needed

It is time to prepare the cemetery for the Memorial Day Holiday and the arrival of family, friends and visitors. Join us,  and other community organizations and volunteers for our Annual Spring Clean-up. Bring gloves to wear, rakes, gas operated blowers, weed eaters,  and lawn mowers and meet at the Sexton's Tool House, top of the Cemetery Road. Freshly brewed coffee and morning refreshments will be available along with much appreciation. Great way to give back to the community by helping to care for one of Jacksonville's many treasures. Students, another opportunity to earn some credits towards Community Service Projects.

Memorial Day Meet and Greet - 2019 and ​AGAIN THIS YEAR - TOURS

Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Please Honor our Veterans

Members of the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery will be in the cemetery to greet families, friends, and visitors and assist them in locating the grave sites of loved ones. Our staff will provide information about the cemetery and answer questions. Volunteers also place flags on the graves of all our Veterans who rest in this beautiful and peaceful cemetery. Tours will be offered at 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. on both days to the grave sites of some of our Veterans. Come pay your respects and hear their stories. No advance reservations are required and the program is free.   

Fall Cemetery Clean-up Day 

Saturday, September 28, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Looking for a few Volunteers

Please join us, and other community organizations and volunteers in our Annual fall clean-up of the cemetery grounds. Bring gloves to wear, leaf rakes, gas operated blowers, pruning shears and meet at the Sexton's Tool House, top of the Cemetery Road. Freshly brewed coffee and morning refreshments will be available. Great way to welcome the fall season and give back to the community. Students, don't forget about those credit hours towards Community Service Projects for school.

Meet the Pioneers - 2019

Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5

​Thank you to everyone who joined us and for supporting this very popular Living History Event in 2018. Shortly we will begin work on the program to be offered in October 2019. Tickets will go on sale starting on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. As this event normally sells out, we encourage you to purchase your tickets early to avoid being disappointed. Check out additional details under the Meet the Pioneers section of this web site. Looking forward to seeing you and welcoming you to The Silent City on the Hill for another outstanding show, Meet the Pioneers - 2019.

Individual Player presentations from our previous Meet the Pioneers programs can be found on Youtube along with some Promo videos of other cemetery events and activities. Go to and enter Oregon History Tales in the search box, then click on the covered wagon to view the videos. Our appreciation to Bill and Debbie Miller for making these videos available for us to share.   






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