This is the Christopher Taylor House. About one mile southwest of this location, this log house was built in 177 by this officer who was a veteran of the French and Indian War and a major in the American Revolutionary War. He is buried in the family cemetery nearby. Andrew Jackson lived here in 1788-89 while practicing law in Jonesborough. The house was moved intact to this site in 1974 to preserve it from demolition.
Chester Inn built in 1797 by Dr. William P. Chester of Lancaster, Pa. It has been continuously occupied as an Inn, a hotel and an apartment house. Among the guests here have been three presidents of the United States, Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson, as well as John Sevier, Governor of Franklin ( a post about Franklin coming!) and first Governor of Tennessee. President Andrew Jackson held a reception for his friends on the porch of the Inn in the sumer of 1832.
First Abolition Publications - On this site, in 1819-1820, were published The Manumission Intelligencer and The Emancipator. Edited and published by Elihu Embrue and printed by Jacob Howard, these were the first periodicals in the United States devoted exclusively to abolition of human slavery.
This is the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall where the annual Storytelling Festival is held. They have storytellers from all over the world in all summer and then culminating in October with a jam packed 3 day festival of storytelling. This year it is October 7-9.
|Beautiful downtown Jonesborough|
On the wall next to our table was a framed set of front pages from the newspaper in 1919 during WWI. Made for interesting reading while we ate!
We had a great time and I think Jonesborough will be a place I frequent. There is a grand huge antiques store with two floors of goodies! I fell in love with this whimsical bright painting in a gift shop and Shelley bought it for a house warming gift for us!
The pic doesn't do the bright colors justice! I'll never get tired of looking at these two dogs, they make me smile every time!
Hope you enjoyed the trip to Jonesborough!