Red Chair Travels – Part II – Downtown Jacksonville, Main Street Community

The Red Chair Makes Coast-to-Coast Journey

Move over Flat Stanley, the Red Chair is the newest travel icon

Photographer Tiffany / Warmowski Photography was up and at ’em early in the day to capture the best light when Red visited Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast. Today’s tour takes Red through downtown Jacksonville. A Great American Main Street award-winner, Jacksonville’s Central Park area offers many shopping, dining, and entertainment options. From antiques to fair trade and from fine dining to Freezie’s frozen yogurt, we have something for everyone! Entertainment venues include a first-run movie theater, live theater, and Friday evening concerts during the summer.

Arches overhang the two Main Street entrances to Central Park in downtown Jacksonville. Jacksonville is a Main Street Community and reconstructing the arches around Central Park was a major undertaking in the Downtown Turnaround plan.

Red chair in street in front of the iron archway over North Main Street with brick building on each side
Photo: Tiffany/Warmowski Photography

Historic Central Park is the foundation of our downtown area. Recently revitalized, it is a terrific community gathering place. We’ve enjoyed the Levitt Amp Jacksonville Summer Music series two summers in a row, along with many parades and festivals throughout the year. Brick House BBQ, Leo’s Pizza, Shiraz, Muggsy’s and many pubs offer dining options throughout our downtown area.

Red chair in front of Civil War Statue in Central Park, Jacksonville Illinois
Photo: Tiffany/Warmowski Photography

The centerpiece of Jacksonville’s Central Park is a beautiful Civil War monument. (This is different from many Midwestern towns where the county court house is situated in the center of the square.) The monument is dedicated to the memory of the men of Morgan County who enlisted in the United States Army as well as the service and sacrifice of women and other local residents during the Civil War. The statue is capped by Columbia, a female figure who serves as a representation of the United States in many sculptures throughout the country. “Atop a tall pedestal, a standing bronze female figure wearing a garland in her hair, holding a scroll in her proper left hand and resting her proper right hand on the hilt of a sword. Below her, on the west side of the base, is a seated woman and standing boy; his hands on top of a helmet resting on the woman’s knee. On the east side of the base is a seated male figure, leaning to his proper left. Below the base figures is a multi-stepped platform with inscribed bronze tablets. Fountains are on the north and south sides.”   ~ Smithsonian American Art Museum


Red chair in front of Antiquarius and other shops and restaurants in a row of vintage storefronts
Photo credit: Tiffany/Warmowski Photography
The red chair in front of SoapCo Coffee House and Our Town Books, two-story vintage storefronts
Photo: Tiffany/Warmowski Photography













Shoppers will find unique, independently-owned shops in Downtown Jacksonville. Shop for books – both new and used, antiquesquilting and other sewing supplies, custom stained glass, custom framing, and fair trade clothing and gifts from around the world. Just off the square you’ll find our favorite flower shop, All Occasions Flowers and Gifts. Stop in for a cup of coffee and pastries or a sandwich at SoapCo Coffee House as you shop.

Downtown Jacksonville has Walldog murals. What’s a Walldog, you ask? From the Walldogs website: “The Walldogs are a group of highly skilled sign painters and mural artists from all over the globe. The Walldog Movement is quickly gaining popularity, and is a great way for small towns to boost their tourism. Imagine a “pack” of talented artists descending upon your town to paint the most beautiful murals you can imagine. Every wall that a fellow Walldog touches springs to life with images of local places, people, and products that have historic significance to each town.” This is just one of the examples of the WallDog murals found throughout Jacksonville’s downtown.

Red chair in front of Wall Dog painting of Abraham Lincoln addressing the crowd

The red chair in front of a close of up the Wall Dog painting on the side of a building depicting Abraham Lincoln addressing a crowd
Photos: Tiffany/Warmowski Photography


The Red Chair’s travels have been chronicled on blogs at each stop throughout its journey. Look for tales of the Red Chair’s travels to Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast here on the blog and on our Facebook page.

For a compilation of Red Chair Travels blogs, visit . For a complete view of Red Chair photos, visit and get ready to be inspired. To learn more about Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast visit or call 217.245.1013.

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