A little storybook village chock-full of covered bridges and gabled buildings, Jackson fulfills the fantasies of Victoriana fans everywhere. Its village center is almost too cute to be believed, with steepled churches and stable of antiques and country stores. All that beauty drew a gaggle of artists during the mid-1800s, who arrived by rail to board with farmers and paint the mountains around them.
Eventually, several grand hotels sprung up in the community, though none still survive. The most prominent landmark now is the covered bridge that was built in 1876 to cross the Ellis River at the entrance to the scenic loop around town. Called the “Honeymoon Bridge,” it has long been a favorite spot for newly married couples to have their photographs taken.
Nearby Glen, while less historic, is certainly no less tourist-conscious; instead of attracting visitors with actual quaintness, it manufactures the charm with StoryLand , a sort of low-tech Disney where all the rides are based on nursery and fairy tales.