Jackson County is very fortunate to have its own active historical, cultural and educational museum as envisioned by benefactor and namesake Miss Lillian E. Jones.

Miss Jones (1893-1991) was an unusual woman, who traveled the world for many years. She sought out experiences in foreign cultures, especially in Asia, while living the majority of her life in Jackson County and continuing her family’s philanthropic work in the region.

The Jones Museum opened in 1995 with the two-fold mission to educate and to preserve the historical artifacts of the Jackson County, Ohio area. Currently, the Jones Museum offers at least four themed exhibits each year inside the main building, while also maintaining a large and eclectic permanent collection that includes: a vast number of rare items and photographs collected by Miss Jones during her travels in the 1950s and 1960s; remarkable items from the Jones family’s industrial past including Globe Iron, DT&I, Crown Pipe & Foundry and the Cambrian Hotel along with large portraits and photographs of family members; sculpture and research materials from internationally acclaimed artist Fletcher Benton, who was a family friend of Miss Jones; hundreds of bound volumes of all the different Jackson newspapers from the late 1800s to 1992; more than 80 hard copies of the Jackson High School yearbook, the Osky Wow, from 1912-1995 as well as digitized copies of the Osky Wow 1912-2015.

Genealogical information and research is also an important part of the Jones Museum's dedication to preserving Jackson County history of all kinds. The museum works regularly with the Jackson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society in continuing efforts in the Carriage House, which is on the Jones Museum property.


FRON-GOCH: The Welsh University of the Irish Republican Army

Learn the why and how more than 2,000 Irish prisoners of Great Britain spent seven months in the Snowdonia region of Wales in 1916 from a private collector/conservator who adds his Irish heritage and upbringing to the mix.

This collector of early Irish millitaria is sharing the medals, guns, uniforms and stories he has accumulated as a way of explaining Ireland's Easter Rising of 1916 which was the first salvo of the Irish efforts for independence. The prisoner of war camp at Fron-goch Wales provided the opportunity for captives to study everything from language, to military history, to sports which would aid in their future efforts to improve their independence.

See a unique copy of the Irish Proclamation, No. 16 of 100, printed on typical printing presses as used in 1916. The Irish Proclamation is similar to the American Declaration of Independence and expresses appreciation for "her exiled children in America". Hear Irish and Welsh languages (with English subtitles) in a video explaining the story of 1916 Easter Rising shown on the museum's new large television.

Extended exhibit hours in April will include Tuesday evenings 6-8 p.m. and the final day of the exhibit, April 28 from noon-4 p.m.