Town of Mount Jackson - Planned and Developed in 1812
Welcome to the Town of Mount Jackson
Located within 105 miles of the Washington, D.C. and within 155 miles of Virginia's Capitol, Richmond, the Town of Mount Jackson is accessible via I-81 exits 269 or 272. Nearby cities include Harrisonburg (26 miles) and Winchester (45 miles).
Mount Jackson was originally known as Mount Pleasant. On January 28, 1826, an act of the General Assembly of Virginia changed the name of the village in honor of President Andrew Jackson, who was a frequent visitor on his travels from Washington, D.C. to his home in Tennessee. The town’s location along the Valley Pike, and at the terminus of the Manassas Gap Railroad, prompted the Confederate government to establish a military hospital there in the Spring of 1861. Information about the hospital can be found at its original site across from the Our Soldiers Cemetery in Mount Jackson. Mount Jackson is home to the Bowman-Shannon Cultural Arts Center, the historic Union Church, a circa 1947 Duckpin Bowling Alley, and the above-mentioned Our Soldiers Cemetery, the only Civil War cemetery in Virginia with all Confederate soldiers buried there. Visit the Mount Jackson Town Hall and tour the Mount Jackson Museum. The museum features an array of exhibits and information about the town’s history. A visitor center is part of the town hall complex.
The Town of Mount Jackson invites you to explore their historic town with friendly people. Discover why this town was originally named Mount Pleasant.
Mount Jackson is easily accessible by I-81 and US Route 11. Plan to visit this small town with lots of charm on your next road trip to Shenandoah County.