Conveniently located between Springfield, IL and St. Louis, MO, Jacksonville is a thriving community rich in historical treasures, unparalleled educational institutions, growing businesses, and hospitality all its own.
For the history lovers, the city’s rich heritage includes numerous interesting sites that help make the past relevant to all generations. Come follow in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln through historic Jacksonville. See the actual places and hear the real stories of Lincoln as told by his friends and associates while Looking for Lincoln in Jacksonville. Be sure to take part in the historic homes walking tour as well.
Jacksonville was one of the many stations along the Underground Railroad and one of the busiest during the mid-1800s. Although most are private residences, many of the homes used in the Underground Railroad can still be seen in Jacksonville including Woodlawn Farm. Woodlawn is the showcase homestead of Jacksonville’s extensive Underground Railroad network which you can experience first-hand. Lastly, a trip to Jacksonville is not complete without a visit to the historic Governor Joseph Duncan Mansion, the only governor’s mansion still standing in the state (other than Springfield, of course).
For visitors who would like to explore their “artsy” side, visit the beautiful grand structure of the David Strawn Art Gallery. This gallery features monthly changing art exhibits and permanent collections which include displays of Miriam Cowgur Allen Doll Collection. The Jacksonville Symphony Society is one of the top orchestras in the state, and visitors can even catch a live theater production at the Playhouse on the Square.
No visit in Jacksonville is complete without visiting the newly restored downtown. Visitors will find entertainment, dining, and shopping all in the heart of this downtown community.
There is no lack of sports and recreation in the Jacksonville area. Multiple golf courses, an award-winning lake for fishing, parks, campgrounds, and athletic opportunities are just moments away. Visitors will find lots to do, both night and day.
Staying one night or even a week? Jacksonville offers national brand hotels as well as a locally-owned bed and breakfast in the historical part of town. Want to camp? Jacksonville offers that, too. There are three great locations that individuals and/or families can enjoy. All provide a good night’s sleep.
Choices are numerous, and visitors will be sure to have fun (and maybe even learn a few things, too).
Further information is available by calling the Jacksonville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-593-5678 or visit jacksonvilleil.org.
Last modified: June 7, 2020