Polished, meticulously preserved and brimming with old-fashioned charm, Historic Jonesborough is a picture-perfect Northeast Tennessee haven.
The 18th century town tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains is full of life and invites visitors of all ages to explore its deeply rooted storytelling heritage, entertaining festivals, unique Tennessee shopping and dining and much more.
Take in the stone and brick Main Street storefronts on a weekend getaway and step back in time to a day when things were much simpler. A few paces along the friendly expanded sidewalks and you’ll see why USA Today named Jonesborough among its list of “Prettiest Southern Streets for a Stroll.”
Dig into true Tennessee culinary delights at Jonesborough’s year-round farmer’s market store where goods are sourced from no more than 100 miles away. Visit a local chocolatier whose handcrafted sweets resemble miniature works of art. Pick up locally made treasures that include Pointer Brand Clothing, goats milk soaps, art glass creations and jewelry.
Tennessee’s oldest town is perhaps best discovered on a self-guided walking tour. The casual walk through Jonesborough’s restored historic district personifies the area’s Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian to modern 1970s architecture and rich history through 40 points of interest. Town History Tours, guided by period-costumed locals, also are offered May to December on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Tour highlights span alluring inns and log homes that housed presidents Andrew Jackson, James Polk and Andrew Johnson; Greek Revival churches and the historic cemetery. Make your first stop at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center and Museum to get inside information and recommendations to begin your journey.
Southern folklore lives on in “The Storytelling Capital of the World” as Jonesborough’s past is cloaked in tales of American icons such as Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. Visit the three-acre International Storytelling Center on Main Street to learn about the art behind homespun tales and take part in an authentic storytelling event such as an old-fashioned radio show. May through September offers the acclaimed Teller-In-Residence program with internationally known storytellers and Tuesdays feature homegrown tales from the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild year round.
Jonesborough is well known for its spirited festivities. Don’t miss the annual National Storytelling Festival held the first full weekend in October and the energetic and patriotic Fourth of July parade during the Jonesborough Days Festival. With more than 100 events held year round, Historic Jonesborough is always buzzing with activities.
Many events in Jonesborough are free such as the Jonesborough-Washington County History Museum, the Chester Inn Museum, the Friday night Music on the Square concerts May through September, and Main Street Brews and Tunes June through September. View the full calendar of events and follow Historic Jonesborough on Facebook for the latest updates and happenings.
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