Haunts and Happenings at the Chester Inn Museum

On Friday, November 1st, the Chester Inn Museum will be open until 8:00 p.m. as part of Jonesborough”s Haunts and Happenings.  Stop by the museum for a sweet treat.  Pose for a online casino canada picture in our graveyard, and check out our Cabinet of Curiosities where some of our most mysterious and gruesome artifacts are on display.

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Cabinet of Curriosities at the Chester Inn Museum

Stop by the Chester Inn Museum during the month of October and take a look at our Cabinet of Curiosities.  Filled with some of our most mysterious and gruesome artifacts and images, this Cabinet will challenge your perceptions of reality and what”s what.  Identify the objects, find the real stories in the pictures, and learn about burial and funeral customs of times casino pa natet gone by.  Viewer beware, though, these objects are not what they seem and appearances can be deceiving.

Come and let your curiosity get the better of you this Halloween at the Chester Inn Museum.

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Author Sharyn McCrumb to speak at Sycamore Shoals on Sept 21

New York Times bestselling author, Sharyn McCrumb, to speak at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3 pm during Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration weekend

The weekend of Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22 is always a very exciting weekend at Sycamore Shoals as we host the Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration and Muster.  During the weekend a host of educational, family activities take place presented by the Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia.

This year we are honored to host New York Times bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb at 3 pm on Saturday, September 21st in the Visitor Center of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. Sharyn McCrumb will be joining us to speak about her newest book, “King”s Mountain,”  and autograph copies as well!

McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian Ballad novels, including The Ballad of Tom Dooley, The Devil Amongst the Lawyers, and The Ballad of Frankie Silver.  Now, with her latest book, KING’S MOUNTAIN, McCrumb has written her first Ballad novel about the American Revolution, focusing on the Overmountain militia men and the Battle of King’s Mountain, considered by many to have been the turning point of the war.  McCrumb paints a vivid and compelling portrait of colonial America and fills her story with fascinating historical characters including one of her own real-life ancestors who fought in the battle.

John Sevier has not taken much interest in the American Revolution, because he’s too busy fighting Indians in the Carolinas and taming the wilderness.  But when an arrogant British officer named Patrick Ferguson threatens his settlement—promising to burn the farms and beste online casino kill families—the war becomes personal.  In response to Ferguson’s challenge, Sevier (who would later become the first governor of Tennessee) and a group of men, including Isaac Shelby (future first governor of Kentucky), William Campbell (brother-in-law of future VA governor Patrick Henry), and Davy Crockett’s father, John, raise an unpaid volunteer militia of 1,000 men.  Bringing their own guns and their own horses, and wearing their civilian clothes, the Overmountain Men engage in a battle with the Tories at King’s Mountain, west of Charlotte.  Although George Washington’s Continental Army had suffered a string of defeats in the north, the Overmountain Men with their civilian militia prove that the British forces can be stopped, and their victory at Kings’ Mountain inspires the colonies to fight on.

Expertly researched and written with an extraordinary sense of time and place, KING’S MOUNTAIN is filled with unforgettable characters and rich historical detail.

Please join us as we commemorate the re-enactment of the historic 1780 muster of the Overmountain Men to Kings Mountain by welcoming Sharyn McCrumb and her exciting new book, “King”s Mountain.”


About the Author:

SHARYN MCCRUMB’s books have been named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.  She was named a “Virginia Woman of History” for Achievement in Literature and won the Appalachian Writer of the Year Award.

Copies of “King”s Mountain” will be available for sale in the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area Bookstore and Gift Shop


For additional information:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643





Tickets Now Available for the 36th Annual Progressive Dinner

Tickets are now on sale for the 36th Annual Progressive Dinner.  This year, the dinner will be hosted on Saturday, December 7th.  Five seating times are available; 3:00, 4:10, 5:20, 6:30, and 7:40.  The Progressive Dinner is an evening of good food, great entertainment, and magical history.  Four courses will be served throughout the Jonseborough Historic District, inviting guests into some of the town”s most historic homes and buildings casino online that are not usually open to the public.  The event is a fundraiser for the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.  Enjoy a wonderful evening and help us preserve history and heritage throughout our region by joining us on December 7th.  For ticket information, please call the office at 423.753.9580.  You can also purchase tickets by clicking on the 36th Annual Progressive Dinner tab at the top of our website.  We look forward to seeing you in Jonesborough on December 7th!


Traditional Rug Hooking Added to Oak Hill Needle Arts School

Two sessions on traditional rug hooking have been added to the fall course offerings for the Oak Hill Needle Arts School.  These sessions will be offered on November 9th and November 16th from 11:oo a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  The classes will take place in the upstairs parlor of the Chester Inn in Jonesborough.  At the end of the sessions, students will have their own Salt Box House hooked rug to take with them.  Hooking kits and materials are included in the cost ($35.00 for both sessions) of the class.  To reserve your space, online casino please call the Heritage Alliance at 423.753.9580.  The instructor of the course will be Joani Range-Douglas, hooked rug enthusiast.  We hope you will join us.  Come and learn or hone a skill as we work to keep these traditional arts thriving in Northeast Tennessee!

For more information, please visit our calendar and events” page.

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A Little Bit "O" Cherokee: Finding that Elusive Native American Ancestor

This program is presented by the Watauga Association of Genealogists.   For more information, please visit their website at http://www.wagsnetn.org/?p=1383.

“Registration is now available for our upcoming workshop on Saturday, September 21, 2013.  Visit our website for more information or print out the Registration Form and Flyer by clicking Printable Workshop Flyer.

Seating is casino limited to the first 50 paid participants
This program is not entertaining for young children.

A Little Bit “O” Cherokee: Finding That Elusive Native American Ancestor
Presented by Dee Gibson-Roles”

Oak Hill Needle Arts School Fall Classes

Oak Hill Needle Arts School will be preserving and passing on traditional needle arts, while presenting them in contemporary applications. Fall class offerings will include knitting, crocheting, and holiday ornament construction. Classes will be small in size (3-6 students per class), and meet for limited sessions, providing instruction from the most basic to more advanced skills and projects.  The goal is to foster love for needle arts, by providing encouragement, fun and useful projects, and expert technical instruction. 50% of all class tuition will also help to support ongoing maintenance and programming at the Oak Hill School.

Saturday classes are open to anyone 12 years of age or older, on a first-come, first-served basis, until each class is full. Pre-registration and payment of class tuition is required.

All classes will take place in the historic Oak Hill Schoolhouse, with fall term classes starting on Saturday, November 2.  In an effort to make traditional arts accessible to all, tuition will be at the basic rate of $10 per 90 minute session, half of which supports Oak Hill School.

Deb Burger, founding teacher and Jonesborough resident, is a Heritage Alliance member, a Professional Member of the Crochet Guild of America, and a member of The Knitting Guild of America. She has published 2 books of crochet instruction and designs, and has over 20 years experience teaching various textile arts to all ages, casino online including several years at the John C. Campbell Folk School.  The full schedule is available below.  Individual class descriptions and supply lists can be found on our events” page.

Learn to Knit (3 sessions)
Learn to Crochet (3 sessions)
Crochet Snowflake Workshop (1 session)
Knit a mini-mitten Ornament Workshop (1 session)

Nov 2
11-12:30– Learn to Knit, session 1 of 3- no previous experience needed
1-2:30– Crochet Snowflake Workshop (1 session) – advanced beginner to intermediate level (must be able to make basic stitches and read a simple pattern)

Nov. 9
11-12:30–Learn to knit, 2 of 3
1- 2:30– Learn to Crochet, session 1 of 3- no previous experience needed

Nov. 16
11-12:30–Learn to Knit, 3 of 3
1-2:30– Learn to Crochet, 2 of 3

Nov. 23
11-12:30– Knit a Mini Mitten Ornament Workshop (1 session) Advanced beginner, must be able to cast on, knit, purl, bind off.

1-2:30 – Learn to Crochet, 3 of 3

Jonesborough Genealogical Society to Publish Book on Early Washington County Settlers

“The Jonesborough Genealogical Society invites you to participate in their Early Settlers of Washington County Tennessee Project.  We are compiling records on those who came to our area during the early years.  The project will feature three important time periods; (pre) 1768 through 1777, 1778 through 1787, and 1788 through 1799 with an estimated 1,500 settlers in the area by 1800.

Our intent is to publish a three volume set of books.  Each book will explore the people, the places they settled, the politics of the day and other important information as can be found about each of the families.

The first phase of the project will feature those who came prior to 1778.  By our count, there are over 500 documented persons who were in the area by this time.  We will also online casino highlight the fact that prior to settlement in the 1760’s the area was inhabited by the Cherokee and other important tribes.

If you had ancestors who settled in our area prior to 1799 and would like to be included in any of the books, please contact us by email at : JGS1990@centurylink.net or by mail at Early Settlers of Washington County, Tennessee, Jonesborough Genealogical Society, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough, Tennessee37659.  Submissions are now being accepted.  More information about how to submit your family’s history can be found on our website at www.jgstn.wordpress.com.

Don’t despair if your ancestors came a little later.  In addition to our Early Settlers of Washington County publications, we are offering an Early Settler Certificate  program to everyone who had ancestors in the area prior to 1840 and can prove they are related to them.  Details of this project can be found on our website at www.jgstn.wordpress.com/more-about-the-jgs/early-settler-of-washington-county-tennessee-certificates/.

Honor your family by including them in our publications.  We hope to hear from you soon!”

Washington County Courthouse Centennial

Come celebrate 100 years of the Washington County Courthouse on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11.  Washington County is the oldest county in Tennessee, and the Courthouse has always played a pivotal role.  The current Courthouse was built in 1912 and opened in 1913 to great fanfare.  Washington County plans to honor this legacy 100 years later!  Please join us for a fun-filled and family friendly weekend.

Saturday, August 10

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Discovering Your Roots

Jonesborough Genealogical Society will host a workshop on family research at the Jonesborough/Washington casino online County Library.  They will also be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Historic re-enactors, craftsmen (blacksmith, long rifle, Oldsmobiles, etc.), tractors and more on Courthouse Square!

5:00 pm – Birthday cake and speeches in honor of the Courthouse.  Telford Ruritan will be serving BBQ for $8.00 a plate.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Free concert from country recording artist Trey Hensley and the Trey Hensley Band.

9:00 pm – Movies on Main presents Harry and the Hendersons.  There will also be a Bigfoot Scavenger Hunt and maybe even a Sasquatch sighting.

Sunday, August 11

1:30 pm – Appearing on the steps of the Courthouse, David Crockett”s Madrigal Singers, the JPC Community Children”s Choir, and the Gay Whitt School of Dance

2:00 pm – “The Home of the Brave,” a musical featuring over 100 voices in a combined choir from eight area churches, actors, instrumentalists, and dancers.  Special tribute to 9/11.  Directed by Cherry Smith.

The event is sponsored by Johnson City Honda, with media sponsorship provided by the Herald & Tribune.


Lecture Series on Abraham Lincoln at the Reece Museum

The Reece Museum is offering a free public lecture series in conjunction with the temporary exhibit Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.

The lecture series begins on June 14 at 6:00pm with Dr. Stephen W. Berry”s presentation, “Words Fitly Spoken.”  Dr. Berry is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Georgia.  His work focuses on the reactions and responses of the men and women who lived during and after the Civil War and includes All That Makes a Man: Love and Ambition in the Civil War South and Weirding the War:  Stories From the Civil War”s Ragged Edges. 

Three additional public lectures will be offered in June and July:

June 20 at 5:30pm – Dr. Tom Lee, Associate Professor of History at ETSU, will present “”Bid War”s Infernal Carnage Cease:” Thomas A. R. Nelson, the Constitution, and Secession in East Tennessee.”

July 11 at 5:30pmcasino online Dr. Steven Nash, Assistant Professor of History at ETSU, will present “”A New Birth of Freedom in the Southern Mountains;” Emancipation in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina.”

July 18 at 5:30pm – Dr. Andrew Slap, Associate Professor of History at ETSU will present “Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson and the Constitution in the Civil War Era.”

Please join us at the Reece Museum for one or all of these engaging, FREE, public lectures!  Brochures about the event are available at the Chester Inn Museum and more information can be located on the Reece Museum”s website.

The special exhibit, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, will be on display at the Reece Museum from June 12 through July 26.