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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.


WOUB’s Our Town series will be featuring Jackson for its fourth episode. Produced by Emmy award-winning series producer, and Southeastern Ohio native, Evan Shaw, the documentary series visits towns large and small to uncover their histories, highlight their unique contributions to the region and explore their futures. Previous episodes featured Lancaster, the Ohio River town of Pomeroy in Meigs County and Nelsonville in Athens County.

Our Town: Jackson will feature many historical elements including stories about the early native inhabitants of the area, the salt springs, the immigration of the Welsh, the major influences of the iron industry, Morgan’s Raid and much more.

In addition to historical events, the documentary will also highlight what makes Jackson special today, including segments focused on the Apple Festival, the Jackson Eisteddfod and many more.

As with every Our Town episode many local historians and citizens will be interviewed to tell the story of their city’s history.

“It’s very important to me that this is the story of Jackson as told by the people of Jackson.” Shaw said. “My job is to simply take these stories and compile them into a single narrative.”

The film will premiere Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3PM with a free public screening at the Jackson Middle School Auditorium. 


History in Backgrounds 

Beginning February-May 2017, the Jones Museum focuses on the local history in the backgrounds of our photos and our lives.

Have you ever seen a photo of  someone in Jackson County and you know instantly where that photo was taken, even if its not obvious? Have you ever used the background of a photo to help date the photo?

Snapshots are the best for this kind of history hunting. When we take a photo we are more interested in the subject and not always in the background. Looking back at old photos, we see the history in the background.

 The photo of Bill Fyffe fishing on the bridge across Lake Katharine in the 1960s gets us started hunting for the history in our photos. See what else the Jones Museum has found in snapshots that may surprise you!

Another source of history in the background are old receipts from businesses that carrying family names. It is really remarkable what history can come from a snapshot or a receipt!