Chester Inn Museum to Host Volunteer Training Day on August 21st

Are you interested in history? Do you enjoy meeting and talking to people? Have you been looking to join an organization that is active and works with the community?

Then the Chester Inn Museum is the place for you!

The Heritage Alliance is actively looking for volunteer docents to join our museum team. Primary responsibilities include greeting visitors, answering area history questions, and conducting tours of the museum. There will also be opportunities to assist with various programs and projects as they come up. The Chester Inn Museum is a state-owned historic site and staffed by the Heritage Alliance. Our organization is a fun, energetic team dedicated to history, education, preservation, and the community.



If you are interested in joining the museum team as a volunteer docent, you can join our New Volunteer Training Day on Saturday, August 21st, at 9:00 am. If you cannot attend that training session, you can contact us and arrange a separate day to go through volunteer orientation.

To register for training on Saturday, August 21st, or for more information about this and other volunteer training opportunities, you can contact the Chester Inn Museum at (423) 753-4580, email, or through Facebook Messenger @ Chester Inn Museum.

This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission. For more information on the Chester Inn State Historic Site & Museum or the Heritage Alliance please call our office at 423.753.9580 or the Chester Inn Museum at 423.753.4580.  You can also contact the organization via email at  Additional information about the Heritage Alliance and its mission can be found online at Be sure to follow the Chester Inn and Heritage Alliance Facebook pages for updates about events at the Chester Inn and other Heritage Alliance programs.

Chester Inn Museum Opens with New Exhibits

The Chester Inn State Historic Site & Museum is now open for 2021, and visitors can expect to find two new exhibits on display!


The first exhibit is “Black in Appalachia: African American History in Kingsport,” a travelling exhibit on loan from the Kingsport Archives. They partnered with the group Black in Appalachia to compile a 10-panel exhibit covering five different aspects of African American life in Kingsport. The exhibit explores the roles that community leaders and organizations played in shaping the African American experience in the city. It will be on display through July 4th.



The second exhibit is “From Here to There: A Brief History of Transportation in Jonesborough.” This exhibit features archival photographs and artifacts relating to the different eras of transportation throughout Jonesborough’s history. It traces the evolution of travel from horse and carriage through railroad and automobile and explores the impact that road, railroad, and air travel had on the area.



The museum opened on Monday, March 1st, and is operating under its normal spring hours. In March and April the museum will be open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, on Sundays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and will be closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. There is no admission price, but there is a suggested $2 donation per visitor. We recommend that visitors wear face coverings while visiting the museum, and we are happy to provide one for a $1 donation. Keep up to date with the museum by following the Chester Inn on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube!


This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission.