A State Owned Historic Site Operated by the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia
Located in the heart of downtown Jonesborough, the Chester Inn Museum chronicles the history of Jonesborough from its inception in 1779 to the present. The museum is located on the street level of the oldest commercial building in town. Exhibits include information on the State of Franklin, a diorama of Jonesborough in the 1850s, the history of the Chester Inn, the 1873 cholera epidemic, and much more. Many of the exhibits feature Jonesborough’s extensive collection of photographs. The upstairs parlor and dining room of the Chester Inn, restored to the Victorian era style of the late 1800s, are also open for viewing. Kids’ activities include a museum scavenger hunt, a coloring book that features some of Jonesborough’s historic buildings, and a primary source activity with the cholera epidemic of 1873. This project is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee.
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I-81 to 181 south towards Johnson City take exit 38. Museum is in the Visitor Center.
January-February by appointment only March 1st – April 30th Fri-Sat 11:00-6:00 & Sun 1:00-5:00 May 1st – October 31st Wed-Sat 11:00-6:00 & Sun 1:00-5:00 November 1st – December 21st Fri-Sat 11:00 – 6:00 & Sun 1:00-5:00.
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