Introduction to Jacksonville, Illinois
Jacksonville has been associated with prominent people as well as significant episodes of American history. First, it was named after the yet-to-be president Andrew Jackson in 1825. Jackson commanded American forces in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 and was a presidential hopeful in 1824. Jacksonville also served as a major stopping point on the historically significant Underground Railroad. It was a nexus of political, social, and educational activity and was known as 'Athens of the West.'
Jacksonville and nearby Attractions
- David Strawn Art Gallery
- The Imagine Foundation
- Crazy Horse Campground
- Lake Jacksonville
- Nichols Park
- The Links Golf Course
Things To Do In Jacksonville
Jacksonville offers facilities for a diverse range of activities. There is a local community theatre group that organizes productions throughout the year. In addition, there is the Illinois College's McGaw Fine Arts Series and Jacksonville Symphony and Chorale, which present lively concerts regularly. The city also offers parks and camping grounds as well as three high quality golf courses.
Air transportation is available from Capital Airport.
Jacksonville y Higher Education
Higher education can be pursued at Illinois College, Macmurray College, and Heartland School of Business.