Its Humble RootsA hay wagon was pulled in the shadow of the Courthouse in 1973 and a day filled with bbq, live music, and storytelling followed. Its roots are simple, but that’s what’s so beautiful about its foundation. The Storytelling Festival was a bold dream by Jimmy Neil Smith, a small-town journalism professor. On that fall day in 1973, not one of the merely 60 in attendance would have guessed this would be the beginning of the storytelling revolution.
Not long ago I visited Tennessee Hills Distillery with a group of friends. I wouldn’t have thought that Jonesborough would be the home of a pretty amazing distillery, but it is. The surprisingly young owner’s sense of style and love for good liquor definitely carried through the vibe of the distillery and taste of his product. It was trendy and hip with a subtle nod to the heritage of the town.