America’s First Frontier
About 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.