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Victorian mourning rituals explored at Beekman House this weekend

Victorian death rituals will be explored from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3-4, at the 1873 C.C. Beekman House, 470 E. California St., Jacksonville.

The house will be decorated as a Victorian home in mourning. One-hour, docent-led tours beginning every 15 minutes will explore proper Victorian mourning etiquette for home décor, clothing, funerals and social behavior as well as superstitions, séances, mementos and a few popular practices of the time that would seem bizarre today. Tour admission is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors and students. Parking is available on site. For more information, call 541-245-3650 or 541-488-8395, or visit www.historicjacksonville.org.