The seat of Jasper County, the town was established in the late 1800s and named for Sgt. William Jasper, a hero of the American Revolution.
Jasper's historic town square features the courthouse built in 1889, bed-and-breakfasts, art galleries, outdoor sculptures, antique shops, murals and the old county jail (where county archives are housed). Sandy Creek Park, downtown, features a playground, fishing ponds, walking trail, picnic areas, basketball courts and a pavilion over the water.
Events include the Jasper Air Show, Azalea Festival in March, Dam to Dam Bike Ride in April, Jasper Lions Club Rodeo in May, Juneteenth Celebration, Fall Festival in October, Festival of Trees in November-December and Christmas Parade in December. Jasper is home to one of the nation's largest fishing tournaments--The Big Bass Splash.