The Jackson County Courthouse is located in Murphysboro, Illinois. Murphysboro hosts an Apple Festival every Fall and is home to many great barbeque restaurants, including 17th Street Barbeque. Jackson County is also home to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Notable Jackson County natives include singer Shawn Colvin, actor Ben Falcone, and actress Laurie Metcalf. Jackson County features three micro-breweries (Big Muddy Brewing, Route 51 Brewing Company, Buckwater Brew Works, and Whiskey House) and several great restaurants (including Tom's Place, Flame, and Hunan). Jackson County also offers excellent options for outdoor activities, including great hiking, fishing, and swimming options (Lake Kinkaid, Little Grassy Lake, Giant City State Park, and more).