​​Marker Cleaning Workshops - 2020

Please Note: Our first workshop for 2020, scheduled for April 11, has now been canceled due to the Coronavirus. Please stay safe and healthy. We have also canceled our May 16, workshop in the best interest of our volunteers and the public.   

Then the third Saturday of the month June 20, July 18, August 15, and September 19.    

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

A very Interesting and rewarding Volunteer Project

Many grave markers are covered in moss, lichen, dirt and with time, have darkened and become quite difficult to read. Our goal is not to make them look new again, rather to help preserve them for future generations by removing foreign matter that can retain moisture which can cause the stone to crack with our annual freeze and thaw cycle. Please plan to 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 780 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. All the cleaning tools and supplies along with detailed instructions are provided. 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 info@friendsjvillecemetery.org

Jacksonville Home and History Tour sponsored by the Jacksonville Boosters Club

Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

​Tour the homes and businesses of some of Jacksonville's early Pioneers who now reside in the Jacksonville Cemetery. Tickets cost $20 and are available by visiting the Boosters web site at: jacksonvilleboosters.org  ​Please Note; This event has been postponed due to the Coronavirus.

History Saturday in the Cemetery - 2020 Please Note - We have canceled all our History Saturday in the Cemetery programs for 2020 due to the Coronavirus. We want to keep our volunteers, our guests and the community safe and healthy. We thank you for your understanding. 

Second Saturday of the Month on May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, and September 12

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

Returning for its 10th year is our History Saturday in the Cemetery 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. Each month a new topic will be presented followed by a short walking tour to grave sites relating to that month's topic.

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.

Pre-Memorial Day Community Cemetery Clean-up Day

Friday, May 15, 2020

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 Pre-Memorial Day 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 treasures. 

Memorial Day - Flags for our Veterans 2020

Saturday, May 23

9:00 a.m. 

Each year the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery purchase flags to be placed on the grave sites of the Veterans who rest in our Silent City on the Hill. Volunteers meet and walk the grounds ensuring that each Veteran is honored for their service by placing a flag on their grave site, saying their name and thanking them for their service. The flags remain in place and are maintained until they are removed following Veterans Day on November 11, 2020. 

Meet the Pioneers - 2020 Please Note: This Event has been canceled due to the corona virus. See our Meet the Pioneers page on the web site for additional details.

Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3

​Thank you to everyone who joined us and for supporting this very popular Living History Event in 2019. Shortly we will begin work on the program to be offered in October 2020. Tickets will go on sale starting on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. 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 back to The Silent City on the Hill for another outstanding show, Meet the Pioneers - 2020.

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 www. youtube.com 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, along with our 2019 program courtesy of Arlis Duncan.  



               HISTORIC CEMETERY

Two of our dedicated volunteers helping to remove flags following Veterans Day - November 2019

Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery