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General Withington was key to the Union’s success during the Civil War. He received the highest and most prestigious personal military decoration due to his bravery during the First Battle of Bull Run. His selfless actions during this war were not lost on the people of his hometown. To commemorate him, Jackson named Withington Park after the general.

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We have put together an itinerary of things for you to do while in Jackson, Michigan that we think your authoritative side will enjoy! Follow this itinerary to get a behind the scenes look at Jackson’s prison system, read the tales of war, see unique artifacts from nearly every war America has been involved in, discover tasty local foods, and find an inviting hotel.

The Original Jackson Historic Prison Tours

Historic Attractions

  • Tour what was once the largest walled prison in the world with The Original Jackson Historic Prison Tours. Your storytelling guides will take you on a historical journey of tales of crime punishment, corruption, colorful characters, bungled escapes, Prohibition, and humane reforms.
  • If you are curious about the innerworkings of a massive, active prison, you must go to Cell Block 7! This museum is located on active prison grounds and gives you a glimpse into prison life and the roles of those who once ran the prison through its ever-changing exhibits.
  • Michigan Military History Museum is the go-to place for a firsthand account of several wars. This unique museum houses several letters and artifacts from decorated military personnel.

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Michigan Whitetail Hall of Fame Museum


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Grand River Brewery

Foodie Finds

  • Schlenkers has been Jackson’s all-American hamburger joint since 1927.
  • Jackson’s breweries are a must-visit if craft beer and small batch brewing is your thing.

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Baymont Inn and Suites


Jackson has several lodging options to accommodate any guest. Here are a few we know you’ll enjoy.

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