1. Photo op time!

It is beautiful in Jonesborough this time of year which means there are many photo opportunities around downtown. The Jonesborough Visitors Center has a gorgeous display featuring a Queen of the Corn scarecrow.

While you’re visiting, check out the gift shop. There are also local shops with fun Halloween and fall displays like The Lollipop Shop and Crystal Raven. Don’t forget to tag the businesses and Historic Jonesborough in your amazing posts!

2. Check out Spot on the Hill

A Spot on the Hill, the original, research-based play returns this October to the Old Jonesborough Cemetery. Now celebrating its eighth season, this edition features new characters. New stories include Zachariah Burson and his famous bells, Ella Ford Freeze who ran the Dew Drop Inn in Bristol, and James Edward Shipley who met with an unfortunate accident. You’ll meet them and many more! Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit on. Come and listen to real stories of real lives among real tombstones.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit on. Come and listen to real stories of real lives among real tombstones.

Get tickets here!

Performances for A Spot on the Hill will take place at 6:30 p.m. on October 14, 15, 21, and 22. There will be 2 p.m. matinee performances on October 15 and 22. The matinee on October 15 will take place inside the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center. The Visitor’s Center is ADA accessible. Tickets are limited, and sell out fast, so make sure you buy yours today. Tickets are $10 and proceeds benefit the Heritage Alliance’s educational programs and initiatives, including ongoing programming in Jonesborough’s historic cemeteries.

3. Take a hike!

Whether you’re looking to hike a more rugged terrain, enjoy a leisure walk on a paved path, or take the little ones to a park, Jonesborough has you covered! Jonesborough has nine town parks featuring playgrounds, walking trails, picnic facilities and recreational activities such as an 18-hole disc golf course and basketball courts! Our flagship park is the 130-acre Persimmon Ridge Park.

4. Explore downtown!

Support makers, artists and a small business owner by shopping in downtown Jonesborough. The picturesque setting of downtown offers a welcoming and unique shopping experience like no other. Ever since becoming a town in 1779, Jonesborough’s merchants have taken pride in offering rare and exclusive items for their customers. Check out this list of small businesses and boutiques where you can shop and support Jonesborough’s local economy. And check out our other blog here for places to support small by shopping local!

Downtown Jonesborough

5. Jack-o-lantern Drive Thru

A part of the Halloween fun, we will have the Jack-o-lantern Drive Thru where decorated pumpkins will be lit and on display along Main Street from Thursday, October 27 through Monday, October 31. Pumpkins can be picked up and dropped off at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, located at 117 Boone Street. Pick up will be Monday, October 24 between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and drop off will be Wednesday, October 26 between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday, October 27 between 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be three categories participants can enter in for prizes: kids, family and adults. Participants must write their name and phone number written on the bottom of the pumpkin.

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