Old Jonesborough Cemetery Tours

Jonesborough is a town full of history and stories, and now we’re sharing both in the Town’s historic cemeteries! The Heritage Alliance is excited to offer a weekly tour in the Old Jonesborough Cemetery. Available at 2:00 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, these tours will include the history of Rocky Hill and College Hill, 1800’s burial customs, the lives of the people who are buried there, and so much more. Tickets are $5.00 per person and can be purchased at the Chester casino Inn Museum Wednesday through Saturday. You’ll meet your Guide at the top of East Main Street in the Old Jonesborough Cemetery. Proceeds from the tour will help fund the ongoing preservation and maintenance of the cemeteries. Combo tickets for $8.00 per person are available when you purchase both a Town Walking Tour and Cemetery Tour ticket.

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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

In Their Own Words: Civil War and Reconstruction in Jonesborough

A new exhibit in the Chester Inn Museum shares the thoughts and feelings of people living in Jonesborough during the Civil War and its aftermath.  Four voices are heard through letters and newspapers.  One voice is shared through a quilt.  This special exhibit will be on display through the first of October.  Make sure you come online casino by the Museum and check it out.  Excerpts of the documents are included in the exhibit, but you can download the full text versions by clicking here.

Read about the night the Deaderick family was run out of town.  Read two articles from The Union Flag, including one about the local KKK in 1868.  Read about A.E. Jackson”s struggles once the war was over, and read how A.J. Hamilton tried to reconnect with his divided family in 1867.

Preservation Month 2015

May was National Preservation Month, and the Heritage Alliance participated in the “This Place Matters” campaign.  (Scroll down for pics.)  We also shared some great blogs from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The first series, “Why Do Old Places Matter?” was written by Tom Mayes.  He covered such examples as Economics, Continuity, Memory, and much more.  Check his blogs out here.  The other series, “How to Save a Place,” contains great info on becoming an advocate for a threatened piece of history, raising awareness, and much more.  You can check out the “How to best online casino Save a Place” series by clicking here.

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IMG_7660  Washington County Courthouse in Jonesborough.

IMG_7661  The staff of the Heritage Alliance on the Chester Inn porch.

IMG_7668 Boone Street Market, the latest adaptive reuse project in town.

Do You Know Tennessee's Oldest Town Quiz!

How well do you know Tennessee”s Oldest Town?  Take our little quiz and find out.  All the answers are best online casino available on a Town Tour and in the Chester Inn Museum!


Historic Downtown Walking Tours On Summer Hours

The Historic Downtown Walking Tours are now back on their summer hours.  Tours are held every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 1:00 pm in downtown Jonesborough.  Tickets are $5.00 per person and are available for purchase at the International Storytelling Center.  Tours last about online casino an hour.  Join us and learn about the people who built Jonesborough and called it home.  Tours can be altered to fit specific topics and interests.   (Photos courtesy of Tom Pardue)


Traditional Rug Hooking Classes Returning to Chester Inn

Traditional Rug Hooking with Joani Range-Douglas at the historic Chester Inn this summer.

Date: June 6, 2015

Time: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

American Flag Pillow project – Make a small American Flag pillow while learning the art of Traditional Rug Hooking.  The class includes all supplies and tools required to finish the project. The fee best online casino is $25.00 for the class and supplies. The kit includes: frame, rug hook, linen backing, cut wool strips, pillow back and finishing material.  Pillow size is approximately 8” x 5”.

If you”re interested in signing up, please contact the Heritage Alliance at 423-753-9580, or by email at info@heritageall.org.

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Chester Inn Museum Seeking Volunteers

The Heritage Alliance is in need of volunteers to help out at the Chester Inn Museum this coming summer. We’ve added a new day to the 2015 season, and the museum is now open on Mondays. We’re looking for volunteers to help out with two-three hour shifts on Sundays and/or Mondays starting in May.   Volunteers would serve as docents and would help welcome guests, work at the front desk, answer questions, online casino and lead visitors upstairs on tours of the Inn’s original parlor and dining room. Anyone interested in volunteering will take part in a docent training session at the museum. If you’d like to be a part of local history in Jonesborough’s oldest commercial building, please contact the Heritage Alliance at 423.753.9580, or email us at info@heritageall.org.

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The Chester Inn Museum is a State Owned Historic Site Operated by the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The operation of the Chester Inn is partially funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation – Tennessee Historical Commission. For more information on the Heritage Alliance and the Chester Inn Museum, please visit our website at www.heritageall.org.


Winter 2015 Newsletter

The Winter 2015 edition of The Link is now available for viewing.  Check it out to learn more about the latest A Military Life display, the historic trench mortar in the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum, preservation progress in the College Hill casino online African-American cemetery, and a new photo project for the old Jackson Theatre.  All this and more in the Winter 2015 edition!  Click here to view it now.


New Veterans Display and Upcoming Programming

The latest edition of “A Military Life”, a rotating exhibit honoring Washington County Veterans, is now on display in the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum. The newest installment features radio equipment used by First Sergeant (Retired) Douglas Bonnot during his time with the 265th Radio Research Company (RRC) in Vietnam. Mr. Bonnot will be demonstrating the equipment and talking about the history and role of the 265th RRC on Sunday, March 1 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum located inside the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center.

The 265th RRC was stationed in Vietnam from 1967-1972, but very few people know they best online casino even existed. Their wartime designation, meant to keep their mission disguised, lasted long after the Vietnam War was over and kept most information about them out of the history books. Over the past decade, Mr. Bonnot has worked to correct this, gathering the stories and memories of his fellow soldiers and publishing them in a book, The Sentinel and the Shooter. Learn more about the 265th RRC and their role in Vietnam during Mr. Bonnot’s presentation. The program is free of charge and suitable for a wide range of ages.

Chester Inn Museum Hours Change

The Chester Inn Museum will open for the 2015 season on Friday, February 27th.  This year will bring new exhibits, a new lodging room on the third floor, and first and foremost, new hours!

Feb 27 – April 30 – Open Monday, Friday, and Saturday from 11:00-6:00 and Sunday from 1:00-5:00

May 1 – Oct 31 – Open Monday, Wednesday-Saturday from 11:00-6:00 and Sunday from 1:00-5:00

Nov 1 – Dec 28 – Open Monday, Friday, and Saturday from 11:00-6:00 and Sunday from 1:00-5:00

The Chester Inn Museum is closed for all major holidays.  For more information, please contact the Heritage Alliance at 423-753-9580.