New Cooking Exhibit and Recipe Exchange at the Chester Inn Museum

Beef Rump, Gelatin, and Corn Dodgers: Cooking in Eastern Tennessee

Food is a necessity, an art, and has the power of bringing communities together. Our new exhibit at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum will transport you to some past cooking experiences from the region through kitchen items and recipes. Do we still use these same items? Is cooking online casino easier today? What was the obsession with gelatin dishes?  Visit the exhibit in the Museum and then check back with our Chester Inn Facebook page ( and Instagram ( to view weekly recipes from multiple eras.  When you visit the exhibit in the Chester, you”ll have the chance to share a recipe and memory of your own!  Come and cook with us in the Chester Inn this holiday season!

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Free Town Tours and Mother Goose on Small Business Saturday

The Heritage Alliance is proud to partner with Main Street Jonesborough to offer free, historic walking tours on November 28th for Small Business Saturday. The tours will start at the top of every hour from 11:00 – 3:00 and last 45 minutes in length. As you walk down Main Street, guides will discuss the history of Jonesborough, its people, and the lives they built. Tours will begin at the International Storytelling Center.

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In addition to the tours, Mother Goose will be performing two concerts in the parlor of the Chester Inn nbso online casino reviews State Historic Site and Museum. Join her at 11:00 or 2:00 for stories and nursery rhymes that are perfect for audience members three through ninety-three! Marjorie Shaefer, a member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, has been performing as Mother Goose for over 30 years. You won’t want to miss this performance in such a unique setting located right in the heart of downtown Jonesborough.  The Chester Inn Museum will be open from 10:00-8:00 that day and we”ll be serving warm apple cider and cookies!


Book Launch Reception at Oak Hill School Sept 20

A group of local children recently participated in the production of the internationally published book, The Creative Kids Complete Photo Guide to Crochet. Working with local author and fiber arts teacher/designer, Deb Burger, and local photographer, Peter Montanti, the five youngsters spent several months learning to crochet, testing project patterns, and posing for close-up photos that enrich the text of the book. The publisher, Creative Publishing International, released the book in July, and it is now available in retail and online book outlets all over the world.

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The public is invited to a book launch reception from 2 – 3:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, September 20, at the Oak Hill School on Sabin Drive in Jonesborough. The children: Aisling Hagan, Olivia D”Avella, Rhett Carver, Ashton D”Avella, and Sophia Flanagan, will be available to sign copies of the book, and to talk about their experiences in learning a traditional skill and working with a professional photographer. Most of the book”s 250 photographs were shot in the Duncan House and on the grounds of the Oak Hill School, through the generosity and commitment to cultural preservation of the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, who own and maintain online casino the historic buildings. Author and Jonesborough resident Deb Burger will also be present and happy to sign books, copies of which will be available for purchase at the event. Light refreshments will be served, and sample projects featured in the book will be on display. There is no charge to attend, and a portion from books sold at the event will be donated to further the work of the Heritage Alliance.  To view the official poster for the event, click here.

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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

A Spot On the Hill Returns for Fall 2015

A Spot on the Hill, the original, research-based play by Anne G’Fellers-Mason, returns to the Old Jonesborough Cemetery this October.  The show premiered last fall to sold-out performances, and this season’s production will feature a number of changes, including new stories, live music, and a stationary location inside the cemetery. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit on. Come and listen to real stories of real lives among real tombstones.

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Performances for A Spot on the Hill will take place at 6:30 p.m. on October 10th and October 24th.  Tickets are limited, so make sure you buy yours today!  Tickets are $8.00 and proceeds benefit the Heritage Alliance’s cemetery preservation and tombstone restoration fund.  Audience members should arrive 15 minutes prior to show time.  Parking is available downtown.  It is a short walk casino online up East Main Street to the cemetery.  A golf cart courtesy shuttle will be available for guests who park behind the Courthouse.  This program is not suggested for children under 10 years of age.  In case of inclement weather, performances will be moved inside to the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum.

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Tickets must be purchased ahead of time.  To purchase tickets, please call the Heritage Alliance at 423.753.9580, or the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center at 423.753.1010.  Tickets can also be purchased online at  On the day of the event, tickets should be purchased at the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center.

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  Further information can also be found online at

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

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