Introduction to Jacksonville, Alabama
Jacksonville, Alabama, in Calhoun county, is 63 miles E of Birmingham, Alabama (center to center) and 79 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia. The people of the city are in the Anniston metropolitan area. Jacksonville has a population of 8,404.
Jacksonville was originally inhabited by the Creek Indians. In 1833, the land was purchased from tribal Chief Ladiga. Initially, the area was known as Drayton. Later in 1834, the city was renamed after Andrew Jackson, Creek War hero who later became the seventh President of the United States. The area's first school was established on April 16, 1834. Until 1899, it was the county seat for Calhoun County.
Jacksonville and nearby Attractions
- Talladega National Forest
- Dr. J.C. Francis Medical Museum and Apothecary
- Anniston Museum of Natural History
- Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge
- Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge
- Berman Museum of World History
Things To Do In Jacksonville
Jacksonville offers panoramic views of the Appalachian Foothills. Visitors can enjoy the city's year round moderate climate. The Coosa River Basin, Dugger and Cheaha Mountain National Wilderness Areas, and Talladega National Forest are also nearby. The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is only a few minutes from the city. The Jacksonville Plaza Shopping Center, Pelham Plaza Shopping Center, and Church Street Plaza Shopping Center are some of the local shopping centers.
You can avail flights from Anniston Metropolitan Airport.
Jacksonville Higher Education
The local university is known as Jacksonville State University. Other colleges and universities that offer higher educational facilities are Gadsden State Community College, Samford University, and Southern Union State Community College .