Learn more about Jonesborough-Washington County History Museum.

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Founded in 1982, the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum and Archives collects artifacts, documents, and photographs to help tell the stories of the land and people who constituted the “mother of Tennessee.”

Our collection of artifacts, newspapers and other ephemera focuses on the social, cultural, and economic history of Jonesborough and Washington County – creating a fascinating historical record of our region. Our extensive photographic collection spans the period from 1850 through the 1980s, and features a number of photographs from early Jonesborough photographers L.M. Keen and O.L. Hensley.

We invite you to visit our gallery space located in the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street. Exhibits include information on frontier life in Tennessee, local educational history, a rotating exhibit that honors local veterans, and much more. Come and see Jonesborough’s very first fire fighting equipment, purchased in the late 1800s, and view the clock that used to keep time in the 1847 Washington County Courthouse.

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Jonesborough Washington County History Museum trench mortar
One of our artifacts is a rare WWI trench mortar.
Jonesborough Washington County History Museum clock
Clock that used to keep time in 1847 Washington County Courthouse.
Our museum features multiple interiors from different time periods.
Jonesborough Washington County History Museum veterans
Our veterans' exhibit rotates frequently and showcases different, local veterans and veteran based projects.
WWI exhibit
We rotate exhibits frequently.
Rhea Wells exhibit
Our exhibits cover a large range of topics from Washington County.
Jonesborough-Washington County History Museum

117 Boone Street
Jonesborough, TN 37659

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Admission Rates
No admission fees but donations are welcomed!
Dates Closed
The Museum is closed whenever the Historic Jonesborough Visitor's Center is closed.
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00 pm