For nearly 100 years the Jackson Drug and Original Soda Fountain has held a special place in the hearts of locals and tourists alike. The Jackson Drug first opened its doors in 1919 in the old Clubhouse building on the east side of the square, by our great-grandfather, Bruce Porter. In 1937 the soda fountain was moved to its more famous location in the stone building on the northwest corner of the Town Square. Our family ran the soda fountain and pharmacy until 1978 when we sold the building and business to Steve Schultz and Charlie Gaudet. The building was sold once again in 2001 and it was at that time the soda fountain closed its doors. In 2010 our dad, Robert Gill, was given the opportunity to return the building to our family and it was then that we knew we had to bring the Jackson Drug back to the square.
Fast forward to November of 2016 Nikki and Jessica Gill learned that the building would soon be vacant and this was their chance to bring back a piece of Jackson’s past. After a year and a half of careful planning, research, sweat, and even a few tears, the Jackson Drug is finally getting a second chance at life.
We’ve tried our best to honor the history of the Jackson Drug while also breathing some new life and ideas into the iconic space. We hope you enjoy your trip down memory lane and that you might also create some new and lasting memories with us.