Introduction to Jacksonville, Texas
The community of Jacksonville was established in 1847. At that time, it was known as Gum Creek. Jackson Smith and Dr. William Jackson were the early settlers of the area. The region's first post office was established in 1848, and Smith was appointed postmaster. Later, in 1850, the city was renamed Jacksonville in honor of Jackson Smith and Dr. William Jackson.
Jacksonville and nearby Attractions
- Love's Lookout Park
- Museum For East Texas Culture
- Tyler Municipal Rose Garden
- Caldwell Zoo
- Historic Aviation Memorial Museum
- Mission Tejas State Park
Things To Do In Jacksonville
In Jacksonville you can visit Nichols Green Park, Summers A. Norman Aquatic Center, Lake Jacksonville Park, and Buckner Park. Lake Jacksonville offers facilities for boating and fishing. Visitors can also plan a day trip to Davey Dogwood Park which has beautiful rolling hills, flowing streams, and forests. The Vanishing Texana Museum, Depot Museum and Children's Discovery Center, Goodman Museum, and Tyler Museum of Art are also worth visiting.
Air transportation is available from Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.
Jacksonville Higher Education
Lon Morris College, Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary, and Jacksonville College-Main Campus are local institutes of higher education.