Quick, what first comes to mind when you think about Jonesborough? For plenty of people, it’s the fact that the town is the oldest one in the entire state of Tennessee. For others it may well be that Jonesborough is home to the International Storytelling Center and the annual National Storytelling Festival.
Pretty impressive stuff BUT that’s not all – there’s lots more to Jonesborough. Trust me!
Plenty of visitors love strolling along charming streets where they’ll find quaint shops, restaurants, antique stores and historic buildings. And if they’re not up for walking, they can enjoy the sights and scenery via a carriage ride through town.
There’s a museum at the visitors center that you’ll want to visit, along with the Chester House Museum, which is located in the heart of town and is housed in the oldest commercial building around. Other landmark buildings that are high on everybody’s list to check out include the Eureka and the Blair-Moore House, historic restored inns in which you can stay.
Nestled on Main Street in the historic district you’ll also find the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre that features year-round performances – drama, comedy, dance and music – something for everyone to enjoy. Another special place is the Arboretum & Butterfly Garden, always high on my list!
A favorite for “kids” of all ages during the summer is Wetlands Water Park, which features several slides – 100 and 200 feet long – as well as a Lazy River, a sand volleyball court and lots more. There are also a number of great parks where you can play, picnic, bike, hike, camp – or just relax and enjoy the incredible scenery.
The Jonesborough Veterans Park is also a must-see. Built in honor of Washington County veterans who served in our military from 1776 to the present, it features 1,600 bricks inscribed with veteran’s names.
There’s Music on the Square, which features weekly live music on Friday evenings from May through September, Jonesborough Days on July 4th weekend, Ghost Tours of Downtown Jonesborough, an amazing Farmer’s Market (May-October)….
I could go on and on. But you get the gist, right? There’s always something going on in Historic Jonesborough. Come enjoy it!