Victorian Holiday Celebrations at the Chester Inn Museum

Join us at the Chester Inn Museum this holiday season to add some 19th Century flair to your celebrations!


This year we are featuring four special programs at the museum. On Saturday, November 27 we will be hosting a reading of Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” in our restored parlor room. We will also feature holiday items from our archival collection and talk about the history of Victorian holiday celebration practices. The readings will be at 11:45, 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, and 2:45. Each reading will be approximately 45 minutes.


On Friday, December 10th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, the museum will be a stop on the Town of Jonesborough’s Downtown at Dusk event. Visitors can see our restored rooms fully decorated in Victorian holiday style while enjoying seasonal food and drink. Tickets for Downtown at Dusk are available at  On Saturday, December 11th from 11:00 to 3:00 pm, the museum will have living Victorian Christmas cards. Visitors can take photos with our holiday décor and with our tour guides dressed in Victorian attire—the perfect touch for holiday cards! We will also have a camera on hand and visitors can donate $3 for a digital file copy of a photograph from our photographer.


In addition to our programs we will have 19th century holiday decorations on display in our restored parlor, dining, and lodging rooms, beginning the first week of December. The museum is open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays in November and December, as well as from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sundays. It is open by appointment only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. There is no charge for admission to the museum or guided tours, and the museum operates on donations. The museum will be closed from December 21st through December 31st, and will be open by appointment only in January and February.


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 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.