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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Girls Day Out to Jonesborough

 My friend from back home came for a visit, our first official visitor to our new home! We took a girl's day our and landed in Historic Jonesborough, the oldest town in Tennessee. It's a lovely quaint place with lots of great shops and cafes.

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

We ate at a sweet little Eatery and Ice Cream place, JJ's Eatery. Excellent food! And the ice cream treats are fantastic, old fashioned ice cream soda's, floats, sundaes and one scoop equals 3 really!

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!
Peggy Ann


  1. That looks like a pretty and interesting town. The Chester Inn caught my eye because I was born in Lancaster, PA. If you go to the storytelling festival (and I think you'd love it), say hello to our old friend and amazing storyteller, Jay O'Callahan. I'm sure he'll be there. I like the dog picture, too. Great graphic and message.

    1. I really want to go to the Storyteller festival, Joan. I will look for your friend and say hi from you and Jack!

  2. There's a lot of history there, it looks lovely. Did you wait until there were no people around before taking the pics?

    1. Yes I did wait until people moved out of the way. It wasn't really busy in town anyway.

  3. I have enjoyed several trips to Jonesborough over the years with my friend who lives in your area. Delightful place to visit!

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