Jacksonville, AR
Situated approximately 15 miles northeast of Little Rock, the area around Jacksonville was first settled in the early 1830s. The city was established in 1870 when a community developed around a train depot that materialized when landowner Nicholas Jackson deeded property for a right-of-way to the Cairo and Fulton Railroad. Constructed in 1941, the Arkansas Ordnance Plant played a major role in developing and supplying fuses and detonators during World War II. After the plant closed, a portion of the land became home to Little Rock Air Force Base. Opening in 1953, it is a major training facility for the U.S. Air Force. Now considered a suburb of the capital and the 11th largest city in the Natural State, Jacksonville continues to grow.

Jacksonville has a community center with an indoor pool, racquetball courts and a gymnasium. The parks department also operates a youth center, Skate Park and eleven major outdoor recreation areas. The largest, Dupree Park, covers more than 168 acres. It contains lighted ball fields, picnic areas, a fishing pier and a walking trail as well as a dog park and a disc golf course. Other parks have a variety of ball fields, horseshoe pits, children’s playground equipment and picnic facilities. Skate Park has a variety of structures for skateboarders. Jimmie White Park has a pond and scenic walking trails. Residents can also enjoy the Splash Zone Water Park, which features slides, a tunnel, plunge pool and spray fountains In addition to organized athletic leagues, the Parks and Recreation Department sponsors classes in a variety of subjects.

Residents of the city can enjoy the Jacksonville Museum of Military History, which chronicles the city’s military history from the Civil War through Vietnam and beyond. The museum is housed in the former ordnance plant administration building. The collection includes a wide range of artifacts and memorabilia including a Christmas card signed by Adolph Hitler. The Gatehouse to the former ordnance plant is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Battle of Reed’s Bridge Heritage Park memorializes the struggle that took place between Union and Confederate forces in 1863 during the Little Rock Campaign. The park is a stop on the Arkansas Heritage Trail System. Jacksonville is also within easy commuting distance of the museums and major attractions in Little Rock including the Clinton Presidential Library, the Arts Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum, War Memorial Stadium and the zoo.

The beginning of summer marks the time for the Jacksonville Festival, which features carnival rides, games, live music and food as well as a 5k race and a fishing derby. In addition to the annual holiday art and crafts fair and sale, residents and businesses are encouraged to participate in the decorating with holiday lights contest. The city also sponsors a farmers market, a variety of trade shows and other cultural events throughout the year that are open to residents and visitors.

Victoria Robertson
Victoria Robertson
Executive Broker