Our area offers unique and interesting attractions and is the home of the Jackson Apple Festival held annually the third full week in September.
Plan to visit our interesting museums and historic sights. Enjoy the exteriors of some of Jackson’s finest restored and maintained homes on a self-guided Architectural Walking Tour. The emphasis is on homes built by the early 1900’s. The tour begins and ends at the Lillian E. Jones Museum.
Jackson County is home to two public golf courses, Franklin Valley Golf Course and Fairgreens Golf Club. The Franklin Valley Golf Course is a Par 71, 18 hole public golf course with memberships available. Franklin Valley was established in 1962 and features a new clubhouse with snack bar. Built in 1925, Fairgreens is a Par 72, 9 hole course open to both membership and public play. Fairgreens is a mature parkland course which features bent grass, watered fairways, fast running greens and lush tees. Tennis courts, function rooms, corporate entertainment/rates for golf and meetings, snack bar available in the 1920’s Clubhouse.
The Jackson Cavalier Roller Rink has been family owned and operated for over 50 years. They are a member of the Roller Skating Association International and offer fun for the whole family. Enjoy great music, food, games, and skating.
The Tri-City Theater is located at 972 E. Main Street in Jackson, offering free summer movies, gift certificates and birthday parties.
At Weber Farms, located at 914 Weber Road outside of Jackson, you can find a pumpkin patch, corn maze, safe trick or treating, hayrides, school tours and all other fall and Halloween fun.
Visit the Richard Brothers Fruit Farm 15 miles west of Jackson in Thurman, Ohio for fresh apples and peaches in season. The first commercial apple orchards were established in Jackson County in the late nineteenth century, although legend has it that Johnny Appleseed planted the first apple trees here around 1800. By 1930, there were approximately fifty orchards in ten of the county’s twelve townships. Twenty years later, Jackson County ranked second in Ohio in apple production. The early 1950s were the high water mark of apple growing in Jackson County. In 1950, growers harvested more than 285,000 bushels from 70,200 trees. By 1959, 25,400 trees yielded 98,300 bushels, but the industry still employed approximately 500 people and was worth $1,000,000 annually. Apple cultivation began to decline in the mid-1960s in part because many families who operated commercial orchards left the business. At the start of the twenty-first century, only one commercial apple orchard remained in Jackson County.
The Tea Caddy, located beside the Markay Cultural Arts Center, is a tea shop specializing in natural, organic, herbal, white, green, oolong and black loose leaf teas. Teaware, Silverware Jewelry,Pottery, Handmade Soaps, Candles and more available. The Tea Caddy is available for children’s parties too.
Visit Henderson’s Arena on Van Fossan Road in Jackson for a variety of horse shows and Barrell Racing. Henderson’s Western Wear, located in front of the arena, offers a huge selection of western apparel and footwear.
Off the main highways, down a few back roads, and seemingly in the middle of nowhere, the Four Mile Bakery and General Store is a great secret nestled away in the woods of rural southern Ohio. Located at 6005 Four Mile Road, the bakery features some of the largest glazed doughnuts you’ve ever had in your life. The General Store features Amish pies, fresh-baked bread, hand-dipped ice cream, meats and cheeses and serves pulled pork and chicken sandwiches. Call ahead as the store has limited hours 740-286-4950.
Downtown Jackson features sidewalks and period lighting along the two major streets in the downtown business district. The historic downtown area continues to house retail businesses that specialize in many areas, such as music, sporting goods, jewelry, flowers, prom and wedding attire, hair and nail services and everyday necessities like pharmaceutical needs, business products, and dining. AL Terry Jewelers continues a tradition that began in the same location in 1874, offering engagement rings, wedding bands and much more.
Andrea’s Prom & Bridal offers wedding dresses, tuxedo rental, prom, pageant and bridesmaid dresses and dresses for the mother of the bride. Andrea’s is also a Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio. Locally owned Sport About of Jackson and The Trend Blend offer sporting goods and clothing. Hummingbird Music sells all types of musical equipment, sheet music and also offers lessons.
Locally owned Nellie Dog Pottery & Paints offers classes and parties at their paint your own pottery and art
studio. The Nellie Dog studio shares space with HATCH with Norah & Phoebe, a children’s boutique. Elizabeth’s Flowers and Gifts, Primitive Crow, Jackson Fabric & Sewing Center, The Emporium Antiques and Collectibles, and LOCAL Gallery round out the downtown shopping experience.
We look forward to your visit!