Caught up in the hectic big-city rat race, many Americans dream of small-town living. The calm pace, friendly neighbors, quaint stores. A place where you can take a deep breath — and not end up in a coughing fit.House Beautiful magazine understands the allure, and so this summer it identified what it considers the “most beautiful small town in every state.”

And the winner in Oregon? Jacksonville. The magazine heralds the “historic town that’s in the heart of the state’s wine country.” It also gives a shout-out to “the sounds of the Britt Music & Performing Arts Festival [that] fill the town” every year.

House Beautiful points out that Oregon’s small towns are “jewels,” which is undeniable. But is J’ville the most beautiful of them all? We’ll let you decide for yourself. We’ve searched our archives for photos past and present that show Jacksonville in all its charming uniqueness. Take a look below: 

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