cultural adventures

America’s First Frontier

Begin the day at the Jonesborough Visitors Center and tour the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum at 117 Boone St., Jonesborough, 423-753-9580. See the first hand powered water pump, a remnant of one of the first log courthouses, minie balls from a Civil War skirmish and many mementos. Then it’s on to the Jonesborough Historic District, Tennessee’s oldest town with one of America’s most charming main streets, distinctive architecture, and a unique and culturally rich town.

Explore shops where you will find treasures made by local artisans from one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry to handmade quilts, stained glass or handcrafted Windsor chairs. Guided tours are available. As you walk the cobblestone sidewalks make your way to the International Storytelling Center/Chester Inn Gift Shop. The Center is only one of its kind, devoted solely to the art of storytelling. It is located on a three-acre park in the heart of Jonesborough’s Historic District. The Chester Inn beckoned U.S. Presidents’ traveling to the nation’s capitol and weary settlers journeying westward. The inn is the oldest frame structure in Jonesborough. Storytelling Live performances occur May through October.
Then it’s off to Greeneville to visit the home of the 17th President of the United States. Retrace the tale of Andrew Johnson’s life by visiting his tailor shop, two residences and burial ground – all part of the present Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. You can also visit the Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park.

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B. Carroll Reece Museum

For more than 80 years, the Reece Museum has told the many stories of Appalachia. Housing over 20,000 artifacts, the Reece collection captures the region's past as well as its contemporary art and culture.

 

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Bishop’s Art & Framing Gallery

We can frame anything!  Tired of going to the big box store that has framing in a corner of the store as an afterthought?  Tired of going to the custom framer that is in that out of the way location and is cold and uninviting?  Come give Bishop's a try we have convenient off street parking and are always excited to see you come in with your custom framing project.

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Brewly Noted Beer Trail

Enjoy a single-day or multi-day adventure on the Brewly Noted Beer Trail. Simply visit the website to register, then start collecting stamps in your “trail log” as you travel from one great Johnson City brewery to the next. Stamps allow you to collect Beer Trail swag!

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Capone’s

Located in the heart of downtown, Capone's offers a variety of live music, from new rock 'n roll to acoustic Americana and everything in-between.

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Down Home

Since 1976, Down Home has been a fixture in Johnson City, offering quality live Americana music in a casual atmosphere.

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Farmhouse Gallery & Gardens

Discover unique gifts and collectibles, featuring watercolor art by Johnny Lynch, blacksmith and metal work, and an eclectic collection of antiques.

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Founders Park

With an amphitheater for live music and entertainment, a manmade river rock stream, sculptures, art displays and more, Founders Park is one of Johnson City's newest and most popular outdoor attractions.

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GreenStone Studio and Gallery

GreenStone Gallery represents a variety of local professional artists who work in oils, watercolors, glass, photography, tapestry and much more.

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International Storytelling Center

Located in historic Jonesborough, the center is the only facility anywhere in the world devoted exclusively to the power of storytelling and its creative applications. Live storytelling performances May through October.

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Johnson City Community Concert Band

Consisting of about 60 musicians from all walks of life, the Johnson City Community Concert Band offers several free concerts every year, many of which focus on special audiences like veterans, children or senior citizens.

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Johnson City Community Theatre

Visit Tennessee's longest running theatre as it celebrates its 104th season.

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Johnson City Symphony Orchestra

The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra performs classical music at venues throughout the area, such as Winged Deer Park, the Blackthorn Club and more. The orchestra often features special guest performers as well.

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Jonesborough Repertory Theatre

The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre offers eight main stage productions per season, a traveling theatre troupe, education classes for schoolchildren, as well as a theatre outreach program for senior citizens.

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Masterpiece Mixers Paint & Party Studio

Masterpiece Mixers supplies the canvas, the paint and the brushes, and their professional and fun teachers will guide you step-by-step in creating your own piece of art that you take home at the end of the event. All you need to bring is your friends (or come alone and make new ones) and the beverages/snacks of your choice.

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Momac Studios

MOMAC Studio is a multidimensional, fine art program that is specifically designed to foster the development of artistic innovation.  Attend any number of events throughout the year including shows, classes, community events and summer art camps.

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Symphony of the Mountains

Symphony of the Mountains serves the entire Northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia region. It is a fully professional orchestra of more than 65 musicians, drawn from our region as well as symphony orchestras in Knoxville, Asheville, Roanoke and beyond.

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The Barter Theatre

Barter Theatre, located in Abingdon, Virginia, opened on June 10, 1933. It is one of the longest-running professional theatres in the nation.

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The Carter Family Museum/ Carter Fold

The Carter Family Fold offers weekly performances of old-time country and folk music while honoring the memory of the first family of country music, the legendary Carter Family, whose first recordings are credited with giving birth to the commercial country music industry.

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The Civic Chorale

The Johnson City Civic Chorale is a regional nonprofit auditioned group of volunteer singers under professional direction that contributes to the musical arts in the Johnson City region. The chorale’s purpose is to provide opportunities for adult singers to perform serious choral music and contribute to the cultural environment of the area.

 

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The Hideaway

The Hideaway is a great place to find a wide variety of entertainment, from music to live comedy and vaudeville acts.

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The Paramount 
Center

Built during the height of the Art Deco movement, The Paramount is a classic but modern live entertainment venue. The Paramount offers a wide variety of live music, comedy, ballet, and more throughout the year.

 

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The Rugged Lab

The Rugged Lab helps shape unique spaces for the home and business by crafting
​custom items including furniture, doors, cabinets, counters, and decor.

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Warrior’s Canvas & Veterans’ Art Center

The Warrior’s Canvas provides a professional gallery space for veterans to display and sell their art, as well as serving as a rallying point and gathering place for veterans in the Tri-Cities. All classes are taught from a therapeutic perspective to help veterans learn how art can help them deal with military-related stress and combat-related mental health issues.

 

 

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Wild Wing Cafe’

Catch Live Music most nights!

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Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room

Experience an eclectic mix of local art and live music while you enjoy a handcrafted coffee. A variety of sandwiches, quiches and soups, beer and tea are also available.

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