Come out to downtown Jonesborough on Saturday, June 22 at 6:00 for a Raise the Roof Celebration at the Christopher Taylor House. The log house is an important icon of Jonesborough’s historic preservation movement and is one of the few remaining examples of v-notch log house construction that was popular during the 1700s.
Christopher Taylor fought at the Battle of King’s Mountain during the Revolutionary War and was an important presence in early Washington County. His log house was open to travelers as they headed west. One of the boarders who reportedly spent time at the Taylor residence was a young lawyer by the name of Andrew Jackson. When the Town of Jonesborough moved the home to its current location in 1974, the building became a central piece of Main Street’s restoration.
This past year, the Heritage Alliance obtained a grant from the State of Franklin Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) to replace the building’s worn out roof with cedar shakes. This new roof allowed the doors to be reopened on the Christopher Taylor House, and the building is used for all sorts of activities, including weaving, storytelling, music, rug hooking, and more!
As proclaimed by Mayor Chuck Vest, June 22 is Christopher Taylor House Day in Jonesborough. Help the Heritage Alliance, the Town, and the State of Franklin Chapter of the NSDAR celebrate at 6:00 p.m. that evening with a ceremony on the Taylor House’s front lawn. The log house will be open for tours. Parking is available around the Washington County Courthouse.