{February 12, 2016}   A Small Town Treasure

Photo Oct 19, 2 34 53 PMWhile the artsy town of Ashland, OR with its breathtaking outdoors, beautiful Lithia park and renowned Shakespearean Festival was always on my must do list … Jacksonville, OR wasn’t even a speck on my radar. And little did I know that after visiting both towns this past fall, this small, former gold mining town would be the one to steal my heart away.

Life feels different in Jacksonville, simpler, slower. Deer roam freely on the highways, byways and city streets. Open markets, food co-ops, organic farms, cattle ranches and wine vineyards are in abundance. Exploratory hikes, leisurely walks, neighborly chats or naps in tree-hung hammocks are the order of the day. Historical buildings and Victorian cottages house quaint eateries and businesses, while a trolley tour shows visitors the sites. And every year the town plays host to the Britt festival (an outdoor music and art venue featuring world-class artists of all genres); as well as a city-wide three-day garage sale.

An eclectic population of approximately 3,000 shares space in this small town.  The ’60s are alive and well, with hippies seen along the streets chatting, playing music and sleeping. It is their presence that is part of the charm there.

Traffic is minimal and with Ashland just a short 20 minutes away and Medford right around the corner, there is much to keep one occupied and entertained. Add mildly changing seasons and an opportunity for an invigorating change of pace abounds.

All in all I found it a unique and interesting place, not only one to visit, but perhaps one to reside in one day.










macy lane johnson says:

Dear Anne,
My name is Macy Johnson and read your article for the San Clemente journal about Jack Severs. Recently I have stumbled upon a great deal of letters belonging to Jack and Ginny. They start in the 1920’s and go up until the 1990’s including newspaper clippings and extremely old photos, and not to mention really interesting stories. Hoping you would possibly know what I should do with them if anything to try and return them or even just get the story of them out there, I don’t even know the severs or their family but feel extremely close to these letters and the stories they hold.


Mary thanks for reading my articles. I think Sallie, Jack’s daughter would love to have those mementos. You can reach her at I know she will be thrilled!


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