Old McKendree Chapel

Welcome to the Old McKendree Chapel

A National Methodist Shrine
Situated on two pastoral acres in a grove of oak and maple trees, Old McKendree Chapel is regarded as the oldest Protestant church structure standing west of the Mississippi River.

With the thicket of trees providing a good shade and the spring at the base of the rise dispensing refreshing cold water to travelers, this peaceful setting was an ideal location for camp meetings. Mckendree Church was organized in July of 1809 following one of those meetings.

In 1819 skilled workmen built the chapel from huge poplar logs. The first services were held during 1819, and regular church services were held until around 1890. Since then, the chapel has been used for special service such as weddings, baptisms, reunions, and an annual Easter Sunrise Service.

The Chapel has been renovated to its present condition with funds from the District Board of Church Extension. The Chapel is listed in the National Archives of the Methodist Church and the National Register of Historic Places in the United States.

To visit the chapel, from Interstate 55 take exit 99. Turn west onto Highway 61, follow to County Road 307. Turn north, follow to County Road 206. Turn left, the entrance is on the right.

Winter Hours: 8 am to dusk
Summer Hours: 8 am to 7 pm
Picnic Table and Shelter — Rest rooms Available

Chapel Attendants:
Crystal and Matt Highfill
(573) 204-3633
For a personal tour, please call 3 or more days in advance.


Oliver House

The Oliver House
224 East Adams Street
Jackson, MO  63755
The Oliver House (left) is a renovated home from the late 1800’s which has been turned into a museum for the public. It has a rich history, and provides a rare look at home life from 1850-1900. The museum is open to the public during visiting hours, and special tours may also be arranged.

Photo taken by Randy Reisenbichler of Jackson

Visiting Hours & Information
May – December
1st Sunday of each month
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
For information about special tours or events, contact the
Jackson Heritage Association

The Oliver House in the snow

The year is 1881, Robert Burett and Marie (Watkins) Oliver are moving into their recently purchased home. In 1878, Mr. Oliver moved his law practice to Jackson and was elected to serve as prosecuting attorney. The young lawyer was elected to the Missouri State Senate in 1882. His political career brought William Jennings Bryan, three time presidential candidate, to the Oliver House. Mrs. Oliver also gained notoriety as “Missouri’s Betsy Ross,” as she along with a friend designed the Missouri state flag. The sewing kit that she used is now part of the Oliver House’s collection.The museum will be open the first Sunday in May, July, October and all three Sundays before Christmas in December for guided tours at 1:30 p.m.(Note: during December the Museum is decorated in a traditional Victorian theme.)Adults $3.00
Children $1.00
Children under age 3 are free.

For more information about special tours, private tours, or special events, contact the Jackson Chamber of Commerce at (573) 243-8131 or (573) 243-3753.

Local Businesses

Found here locally in our own small town is a wide variety of business types. We have specialty shops, and manufacturers, unique restaurants and fast food chains, and professional services and construction firms. These local businesses show their pride in our community when they support the Jackson Web. It is from their support that the ability to provide the community pages at no charge to them.

These companies are also great because the community supports them and the products and services that available locally. Our community is strong because of this strong relationship between businesses and community members. The next time you in their store or shop or otherwise using their services, please take a second to thank these business for their support of the Jackson Web.


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Hello world!

After long and careful consideration, WordPress won out on the blog war.

This first post is to let you know that we’ve started over on the whole blog practice as it applies to the Jackson Web.  Older posts will be moved over, and categorical posts will be added for things like area attractions and local business profiles.  Not everything is in place just yet, but that should be fixed real soon.

As a community web site, the Jackson Web works best with participation from the community.  Come on, don’t be shy.  Speak your mind, remember to be kind, and check back for responses to comments that you leave.

Stormy Day

There were several showers today.  I snapped a few photos after one of them stopped raining.

The pictures are from a new road I found today off the new Main Street/LaSalle Street and Old Orchard.  Also, there is a shot of the street sign at the new intersection of Bainbridge and Old Orchard.

I snapped a photo of a rainbow, but it’s pretty lame.  Let me know if the comments if you’d like to see it.

Missing Picture

Why, oh why, didn’t I go get a picture of the Brookside Memorial Park or Cape County North Park with all the beautiful flags waving this Memorial Day Weekend?

This is a great chance to share the spotlight! 

Do you have a picture of the flags waving in Jackson? 

Memorial Day

Image source

As the kick-off of summer, the Memorial Day weekend brings lots of activity to our lives.  Here in Jackson, the 100-mile yard sale begins, bringing lots of people into town up and down Highway 25.   Many events detract from the intended purpose of Memorial Day, which is to honor our fallen military and service people.

Please take time to thank those who are serving to protect our citizens and freedoms.  Honor fallen servicemen by thanking their families who suffer from their loss.

As we prepare for the barbecues and the yard sales, as we gather with family and friends, take a few moments to strengthen our cultural fabric by discussing the meaning of our Memorial Day celebrations.

As always, stay safe.

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