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Legs In a Barrel: Murder Mystery Event

The Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is excited to present an original, murder mystery event.  Legs In a Barrel follows the twists and turns of an actual, historic murder that took place in Jonesborough in 1909.  The body of a local resident was pulled from the French Broad River, and his body was returned to his family in Jonesborough.  Suspicion fell on his employee, who just happened to arrive in town the day before the victim’s funeral.  The suspect stayed with the victim’s family that night, but he was missing the next morning.  His legs were found sticking out of a rain barrel in Jonesborough where he’d apparently drowned sometime during the night.  With the prime suspect also dead, the case was closed and ruled a murder/suicide.  But was the case really so open and shut?  What about the other suspects?  What about the money the first victim was supposed to have had on him at the time of his death?  Who killed whom?

 

Put your detective skills to use during Legs In a Barrel.  This ninety minute, interactive show will introduce participants to all the suspects and the clues as they try to find the truth.  This show will take place at the Historic Eureka Inn in Jonesborough where hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages will be served.  There will be three showings, August 25 at 7:30, and August 26 at 5:00 and 7:30.  Tickets are $43.00.  This event is a fundraiser for the Heritage Alliance in support of its educational programs and museums.

To purchase tickets, contact the Historic Jonesborough Visitor’s Center at 423-753-1010.  You can also purchase tickets online at https://townofjonesborough.thundertix.com/events, or you can call the Heritage Alliance at 423-753-9580. Guests will check in at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum on Main Street.  The show will begin at the museum and guests will be escorted to the Eureka Inn for the rest of the mystery.  The event is casual dress, but participants are more than welcome to dress in period clothing from the early 1900s.  There are only 40 seats per showing, so make sure you get your tickets before they sell out!

History Happy Hour Summer Schedule

Make sure you check out History Happy Hour this summer at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum.  We’ve got a wide range of topics, from baseball to natural history and more!  See the full, summer lineup below!

Thursday Evening Town Tours Are Back!

Jonesborough’s Historic Walking Tours are now available on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.!  Come and tour the Oldest Town in Tennessee during the cooler hours of the day.  Costumed guides will lead you around Main Street, sharing the rich history of the buildings and the people who made their lives here.  Historic Walking Tours are also available on Monday, Friday, and Saturday at 1:00 pm and on Sunday at 2:00 pm.  Thursday evening tours will be available through the end of September.

Guests can purchase their tickets, only $5.00 per person, directly at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum on Main Street.  For more information, please contact the Heritage Alliance at 423.753.9580, or the Chester Inn Museum at 423.753.4580.  To schedule a tour for a larger group, or another day/time, please contact the Heritage Alliance directly.

For more information, please call our office at 423.753.9580, or contact the organization via email at info@heritageall.org.  Additional information can also be found online at http://www.heritageall.org/.

Washington County During WWI – New Exhibit in Museum

“I have been in the front line trenches under fire in No Man’s Land . . .”: Washington County During World War One will be on display in the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum from Memorial Day Weekend 2017 through 2018.  This exhibit shares the stories of Washington County residents as they traversed the perils of World War One, both overseas on the battlefield and on the home front.  The exhibit includes a notebook full of additional letters, newspaper articles, and pictures that could not be included in the exhibit.  You can access the resources by clicking here.

Old Jonesborough Cemetery Tours Return May 27!

Old Jonesborough Cemetery tours return on May 27!  Available at 2:30 p.m. every Saturday through the end of October, tours include the history of Rocky Hill and College Hill cemeteries, 1800’s burial customs, the lives of the people buried there, and so much more.  This season, you might even meet a spirit or two among the tombstones who will want to share his or her story.  Tickets are $3.00 per person and can be purchased at the Chester Inn State Historic Site & Museum on Main Street.  You’ll meet your tour guide at the top of East Main Street; follow the brand new sidewalk up the hill, in the Old Jonesborough Cemetery.  Proceeds from the tour help fund the ongoing preservation and maintenance of the cemeteries.  Combo tickets for $7.00 per person are available when you purchase both a Cemetery Ticket and another tour option.

      

For more information on the tours, or to schedule a tour for a larger group or another day, please contact the Heritage Alliance at 423.753.9580.

The Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is dedicated to the preservation of the architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of our region and to providing educational experiences related to history and heritage for a wide range of audiences.  For more information, please call our office at 423.753.9580, or contact the organization via email at info@heritageall.org.  Additional information can also be found online at http://www.heritageall.org/.

Chester Inn Museum and Town Tours on Summer Hours!

The days are getting longer, and so are the hours at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum in Jonesborough!  From May through the end of October, you can visit the museum on Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 – 6:00 and on Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00.  The site will be open six days out of the week, and exhibits will rotate throughout the summer.

Visitors will also have a chance to take a Historic Jonesborough Walking Tour at 2:00 on Sundays.  Additional tours are available at 1:00 on Monday, Friday, and Saturday, and the Jonesborough Mythbusting Tour is available the first Saturday of the month.  Evening tours starting at 7:00 p.m. will be available every Thursday from June 1st through the end of September.  There’s so much history to experience in Jonesborough!

For more information on the schedule, please contact the Heritage Alliance at 423.753.9580, or the Chester Inn Museum at 423.753.4580.  To schedule a tour for a larger group, or another day/time, please contact the Heritage Alliance directly.

Jonesborough Mythbusting Tour First Saturday of Month

The new Jonesborough Mythbusting Tour will be available the first Saturday of the month at 1:00 p.m.!  The tour premiered on April Fool’s Day, and it was so much fun, the Heritage Alliance is doing it again! This unique tour will not be available every week, so make sure you catch it when it’s here!  Jonesborough is the Oldest Town in Tennessee and the Storytelling Capitol of the World, so it’s only natural that the Town has some big myths that need busting.  On the other hand, 238 years of history has produced some outrageously true stories.  Think you can separate the myths from the facts?  Put your detective skills and knowledge to the test with us.  How outrageous is Jonesborough’s history?  Come along and find out!

Jonesborough’s Mythbusting Tour will start at 1:00 p.m.  Tickets are only $5.00 per person and can be purchased directly at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum on Main Street.  For more information, please contact the Heritage Alliance at 423.753.9580, or the Chester Inn Museum at 423.753.4580.

The Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is dedicated to the preservation of the architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of our region and to providing educational experiences related to history and heritage for a wide range of audiences.  For more information, please call our office at 423.753.9580, or contact the organization via email at info@heritageall.org.  Additional information can also be found online at http://www.heritageall.org/.

 

Jonesborough Mythbusting Tour

On April 1st, a new tour will put Jonesborough’s history to the test.  Jonesborough’s Mythbusting Tour will debut on April Fools’ Day and be offered at various other times throughout the year. This unique tour will not be available every week, so make sure you catch it when it’s here! Jonesborough is the Oldest Town in Tennessee and the Storytelling Capitol of the World, so it’s only natural that the Town has some big myths that need busting.  On the other hand, 238 years of history has produced some outrageously true stories.  Think you can separate the myths from the facts?  Put your detective skills and knowledge to the test with us.  How outrageous is Jonesborough’s history?  Come along and find out!

Jonesborough’s Mythbusting Tour will start at 1:00 p.m.  Tickets are only $5.00 per person and can be purchased directly at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum on Main Street.  For more information, please contact the Heritage Alliance at 423.753.9580, or the Chester Inn Museum at 423.753.4580.

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The Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is dedicated to the preservation of the architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of our region and to providing educational experiences related to history and heritage for a wide range of audiences.  For more information, please call our office at 423.753.9580, or contact the organization via email at info@heritageall.org.  Additional information can also be found online at http://www.heritageall.org/.

“What Did the Women Do?”: Using Museum Theatre to Share Multiple Perspectives from the Past

We’re excited that our blog is live on the American Association of State and Local History’s website!  Check it out here!

History Happy Hour at the Chester Inn Museum

The Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is launching History Happy Hour at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum on Thursday, March 23!  History makes us happy, and we want to share that happiness with you.  This new, monthly program will feature a wide range of topics, including First Lady Eliza Johnson, the Alaska purchase, and much more!  The region is full of history, and people who know about history, and History Happy Hour is a chance for them to share their exciting knowledge with the wider public.  The program is a collaborative effort between local organizations, so audiences will have the chance to interact with multiple groups.

History Happy Hour will be held at the Chester Inn Museum.  Admission is free, and the program will start at 6:30 p.m.   The goal of the program is to offer insightful history to the public, foster a collaborative relationship with various individuals and organizations, and increase the role of the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum as a community meeting place.  To stay up to date on our program schedule, follow the Chester Inn Museum and the Heritage Alliance on Facebook.

The spring schedule is set and features history lovers and practitioners from the Andrew Johnson National Park in Greeneville, Tennessee.  On Thursday, March 23, Kenrda Hinkle will speak about First Lady Eliza Johnson.  On Thursday, April 20, Stephanie Steinhorst will share information on the Alaska Purchase, and on Thursday, May 25, Andrea Nott will showcase the slave narratives of Rachel Kennedy and Viney Gahagan Brown.

Kendra is the curator for the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site.  Stephanie is the Chief of Interpretation and Education for the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site and Andrea has done independent research with the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site on various topics including slavery.

The Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is dedicated to the preservation of the architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of our region and to providing educational experiences related to history and heritage for a wide range of audiences.  For more information, please call our office at 423.753.9580 or the Chester Inn Museum at 423-753-4580.  You can contact the organization via email at info@heritageall.org.  Additional information can also be found online at http://www.heritageall.org/.