DescriptionJackson was settled by accident in the early 1800s when a group of Welsh immigrants traveling down the Ohio River was stranded in Gallipolis after its boats were stolen. Making the best of the situation, the six families decided to stay.
Copies of a pamphlet describing Welsh communities in America brought more Welsh settlers to the area. Many of the men took jobs working on the Gallipolis/Chillicothe road and at the many coal mines and iron furnaces in Jackson County. The region's once-great iron industry has since diversified into aluminum, wood and plastic products, and food processing.
Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve offers 6 miles of trails. Scenery includes sandstone cliffs and many spring wildflowers.
Visitor InfoJackson Area Chamber of Commerce 234 Broadway St. JACKSON, OH 45640. Phone:(740)286-2722