Jackson Square lies at the center of the historic district, which once served as the city’s original town site. During World War II, this area was open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Today Jackson Square features a variety of eclectic shops, delicious restaurants, lush gardens, and historic displays. For about 60 years, the Oak Ridge Playhouse, one of the South’s premier theatres, has also called Jackson Square home.
Thousands of people visit the Lavender festival in Historic Jackson Square each year to see a variety of regional vendors whose goal is to celebrate health, herbs, and the environment. The Lavender Festival is scheduled for the third weekend in June, at the peak season for the herb it celebrates.