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!