Heritage Alliance Celebrates Preservation of Duncan House

The Heritage Alliance is excited to announce the completion of work on its offices, located in Jonesborough’s historic Duncan House. A generous grant from the Tennessee Historical Commission allowed the Heritage Alliance to install a new, standing seam metal roof on the left side of the building.

The original portion of the house still has a Victorian tin-punched roof from the late 19th century. However, these grant funds replaced a metal roof dating from the 1970s. This project was supported in part by the Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, and the Tennessee Historical Commission.

“We’re grateful for the continued opportunity to take care of this town’s historic treasures,” says Board President Mr. Gordon Edwards. “It’s a privilege to get to care for the buildings that came before us and represent so much important local history.”

The Duncan House represents a Jonesborough landmark, built in the 1840s by John Naff, a tailor who also kept a workshop onsite. Two additions expanded the home, and ownership transferred to the Duncan Family in the early 20th century, who named the surrounding land “Duncan’s Meadow.” The Town of Jonesborough acquired the land in the 1970s. Today, the Heritage Alliance, based in the Duncan House, engages in historic education and preservation work throughout the region.