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Guided Historic Walking Tour

History abounds in Jonesborough. It is Tennessee’s oldest town, after all, and one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the history and the charm is through a walking tour of historic downtown. You can take a guided tour with one of the Heritage Alliance’s very knowledgeable tour guides complete in 1900s style clothing, lasting about an hour and covering little known facts and the story of Jonesborough from past to present. 

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Self-Guided Tour

Don’t have much time, but want to get a taste of Jonesborough’s history and stories that have been passed down from generations?  Grab a free self-guided walking tour brochure at the Visitors Center and take in nearly 30 spots all within walking distance throughout the historic downtown district.  Learn about how the railroad came through town, stand where the first abolitionist publications were printed or take your picture on an upping block that was used to get inside a carriage.  You’ll find out more about the Lost State of Franklin and why Jonesborough was known as the gateway to the west in this easy to follow guide for all ages.