Jackson : Michigan's Destination for History
Whether you admire history or are simply looking to make the most of your time in Jackson, Michigan, our preserved historical sites are the perfect way to take a trip back in time. From fine art to civil war landmarks, there are plenty of historic attractions for everyone. A historical vacation to these affordable destinations will teach and inspire:
History on the Move: Historic Railroad Town
Built in 1873 — explore the oldest continually operating passenger rail station in the country. Take a walking tour of Jackson to explore this and more.
American Civil War: Experience the Heat of Battle
Photo by Dale Fisher
Relive history with the longest running, largest Civil War Muster and re-enactment in the entire Midwest or one of Jackson’s many Civil War era monuments and sites.
Jackson's Prison History : Life Behind Bars
Jackson is home to Michigan’s first state prison and only prison museum located adjacent to an operating prison complex—experience the other side of the bars without committing a crime. Learn more about how you can experience life on the other side.
Explore History Museums of All Types
Packed with unique galleries in the most unlikely of settings — choose a unique exhibit that interests you.
Where the Republican Party was Born : Under the Oaks Historic District
Photo by Dale Fisher
Visit the birthplace of the Republican Party and stroll through the 15 block historic district.
Jackson Michigan History Museums
Connecting generations with art, culture, and history Jackson, Michigan, welcomes visitors to explore the many historic museums and attractions around the city. The interactive exhibits make history visible, accessible, and... » Read more on Jackson Michigan History Museums
Jackson, Michigan’s Civil War Heritage
Come explore the American Civil War in Jackson, Michigan. Jackson’s Civil War attractions help to uncover Michigan’s role in the anti-slavery movement of this era. The... » Read more on Jackson, Michigan’s Civil War Heritage
Birthplace of the Republican Party
Under the Oaks On July 6, 1854, a state convention of anti-slavery men was held in Jackson, to found a new political party. Since the convention day was hot and the huge... » Read more on Birthplace of the Republican Party
Irish Hills Historic Churches Driving Tour
As immigration into the newly-christened Michigan state territory reached its peak, a small knot of Irish immigrants, some seeking new life in the United States, others fleeing the ongoing Potato... » Read more on Irish Hills Historic Churches Driving Tour
Explore History with Kids
Education and entertainment — historical family vacations are a great way to mix learning with the thrill of exploring a new place. No doubt, history can come back to life... » Read more on Explore History with Kids
If you’ve always wondered what it was like behind bars and don’t want to taint your record to find out– plan a visit to Jackson. ... » Read more on Prison History