Jonesborough is packed full of history, shops, storytelling, eateries, art, and so much more. While strolling through the town, there’s a lot to do and plenty to see. If you keep your eye’s peeled, you might even find some colorfully painted treasures hiding in plain sight.
As you walk down the historic streets of downtown Jonesborough, it’s easy to feel as if you’ve taken a step back in time. The buildings you see as you explore Main Street have just as much of a history as the little town they were built in. Known as the Storytelling Capital of the World, each of the buildings offer their own special story. One of these buildings that really tends to stand out is Mauk’s of Jonesborough.
What do you get when you combine the work of a local artist, a skilled artisan baker, and your favorite coffee shop? An exclusive pop-up bagel brunch at The Corner Cup. We’re so excited this artistic duo, Will Manning and Lazy Lady Baking Co., are teaming up with The Corner Cup to bring their mouthwatering, hand-shaped bagels to Jonesborough, yet again!
The Long Trip Home, a new play from Jonesborough’s StoryTown Initiative, is based on the extraordinary stories of ordinary people from the Washington County community. The stories in the play were collected by members of a team of trained interviewers, known as the StoryTown Brigade,
Meet Our Guest Blogger:Chasidy Hathorn is one of our favorite locals. She is the founding author of Sweet Sorghum Living and an emerging artist who is addicted to rusty metal and coffee. We snagged Chassidy to tell you all about Jonesborough’s Sweet Scenes, a walkable window display. What better person for this than an artist herself?
This weekend in Jonesborough you’ll find the ultimate eats and sweets- plus the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts! Of course, you’ll want to take part in Jonesborough’s Annual Chocolate Fest and even take a look at Jonesborough from a new perspective- yes, we’re talking about tethered hot air balloon rides! Can you say the perfect date idea?!?! We have it all and more this weekend in Jonesborough.
Even a young Dr. William Kennedy was enthralled with things of the past. “I don’t ever remember not being interested in history, old buildings and old people,” said Kennedy. This phrase may not come as a surprise to the ones who know Kennedy. But for those who don’t, he is the go-to guy in Jonesborough for old homes and has spent much of his time working towards historic preservation in Town.
Can you imagine life more than a hundred years ago? In our lifetimes, technology has boomed, information travels faster than transportation and if we can want it, many of us can have it. And for some, Christmas becomes the fastest, and in many instances, the most hectic of times.
As the Story Capital of The World, Jonesborough knows a thing or two about the importance of sharing stories. And we're not just talking about during the Storytelling Festival. On November 15-17, the Jonesborough Senior Center will present We Were So Young, a brand-new play based on the stories of its members. This new play celebrates the remarkable Baby-Boom generation and their indomitable, individual spirits. From Peace Corps Volunteers to Vietnam Veterans, miners in the coal fields at home and travelers on a distant journey, the brave spirit of these unique life stories shines through.