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  • Attention to detail

    The John Bilger house is one of the features on the Jacksonville Home and Garden Tour May 19-20
  • After remodeling 10 of their previous 12 residences, Clark and Donna Bowen were primed to turn Jacksonville's historical John Bilger house "upside down and inside out."
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      What: Jacksonville Home and Garden Tour, featuring five homes dating from 1863 to 1898 and several gardens, including Woodlands Rhododendron Garden; tickets cost $14.50 and may be used both days; r...
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      If you go
      What: Jacksonville Home and Garden Tour, featuring five homes dating from 1863 to 1898 and several gardens, including Woodlands Rhododendron Garden; tickets cost $14.50 and may be used both days; refreshments provided; please no children under 12.

      When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20; tickets are available Tuesday, May 1, through Sunday, May 20.

      Where: Locations around Jacksonville; tour may be started at any location noted on the tour program and ticket.

      For information and to purchase tickets: Visit the Jacksonville Visitors Information Center, next to the post office at 185 N. Oregon St.; call 541-899-8118; email chamber@jacksonvilleoregon.org; or purchase the day of the tour at the John Bilger house, 540 Blackstone Alley.

      Tour tickets may be used both days, but organizers request that only one visit be made to each home and garden.
  • After remodeling 10 of their previous 12 residences, Clark and Donna Bowen were primed to turn Jacksonville's historical John Bilger house "upside down and inside out."
    Their yearlong efforts to restore and renovate the 1863 structure — one of Jacksonville's oldest — captured the community's attention and appreciation.
    "The attention to detail has taken it from a historic home to one for modern-day living while maintaining all its charm and beauty," says Dirk J. Siedlecki, co-chairman of the Jacksonville Home and Garden Tour.
    The 2,800-square-foot Bilger house is the jewel of the citywide tour, hosted by the Jacksonville Boosters Club and Jacksonville Garden Club to benefit Jacksonville Elementary School's music program, Food and Friends and the Peter Britt Gardens project.
    "We had had so many requests from people to tour the home," says Donna Bowen. "It's a way to give back to the community."
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