Jacksonville Historical District

Helping to  keep our Cities History intact for future generation

Do you remember this building in Jacksonville Ar. standing tall beside the train tracks on First Street, then you will also remember that in the late 60's it was bought by Vic Kemp  for $100.00 and torn down , the wood was used to build a house on Lake Catherine According to Mrs. Vic Kemp.
The Jacksonville Historical District is working to build a replica of this building and have a restaurant inside where you can eat and watch the trains go by.
with your help and support we can to do this.

This is the original Telegraph and Freight  building that stood on the opposite side of the train tracks down from Graham road by the  Saw Mill.

If you remember this building we have located it and will be bringing it back to the Historical District to restore.

If you have any stories about this building please feel free to let us know, we will post these stories inside this build after restoration.


The Jacksonville Historical District Mission Statement :

The Jacksonville Historical District Committee's mission is a community-based vision for the preservation of our historic building and homes, focusing on its strengths, addressing its weaknesses and maximizing its potential

With its mix of housing and businesses, its walk-able, human scaled streets and a desire to grow offer a glimpse of the area's historic urban-ism and a way of community building that can address the need for the preservation of the original, downtown Jacksonville.

The area is approximately 8 blocks and will include a replica of the original Jacksonville Train Depot which originated when the land along Front Street was leased to the former Cairo-Fulton Railroad and thus, the town of Jacksonville began and grew outward as a result of land owner Nicholas Jackson's agreement with the railroad company.

Along with this we aim to revitalize our Main Street to make improvements  so people will want to come to our part of the city. Join with us and bring back our Main Street and Historical buildings and homes.

Master Plan Goals:

Details goals are being developed to guide the master plan, including to: 

  • Preserve, extend and enhance its Historic character.
  • Provide a mix of retail, cafe's, office, employment, cultural, housing, and open spaces for outdoor dinning
  • Build and promote a positive identity and brand.
  • The Historical District is rich with historical resources but damaged by urban renewal and auto-oriented development.

 This area suffered retail decline in 70's and 80's as suburban growth forced retailers to move out of the area. The Jacksonville Historical District's mission is to bring back our Historic part of town back to life.The Jacksonville .

Historical District will serve to:

  • Maintain and encourage a balanced mix of uses.
  • Increase the number of shops and cafe's, outdoor dinning
  • Redevelop parking lots and vacant sites
  • Protect and Preserve historical buildings and homes in the area.
  • Incorporate sustainable development practices.
  • Support pedestrian-oriented commercial activity.Projects:
  • Restore old Train Depot building as a Replica of our Train Depot.
  • Install a cafe with Wi-Fi.
  • Redevelop the area with outdoor sitting and dinning, cafe's, retail stores, art galleries and a Jacksonville Historical Museum.
  • Update and improve the way our Main Street looks, which in turn will help our stores in the area grow.

Founded in July 7, 2014 as a  nonprofit organization with 15 board members, to revive and preserve the history, culture and historical buildings of our original part of town and main street, we strive to bring back a replica of the original Train Depot and to provide a tourist attraction and Welcome Center and Museum to keep the history of our town intact for future generations.

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3rd Annual Citizen of the Year Award Banquet

Place: Jacksonville Community Center  #5 Municipal Drive Jacksonville Ar.

Date: July 25, 2019

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

See our Facebook page for updates !

and Nomination form !