Built in the late 1790s, this inn, considered Jonesborough’s oldest frame structure, has hosted U.S. Presidents Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson. It was here that Jackson was threatened with tarring and feathering. Nearby, he fought a fire while wearing only his nightshirt. Today, the Inn is owned by the Tennessee Historical Commission and is home to the International Storytelling Center. Open to the public - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Dr. William P. Chester, a native of York County Pennsylvania and an excellent Jonesborough physician, opened the Chester Inn in 1797 on the Great Stage Road. As a physician in a small frontier town, he found it necessary to supplement his income. The original structure is of the Federal style. The Victorian front porch was added in 1880 and is an example of the elaborate work of the craftsmen of the period.
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