Chester Inn State Historic Site & Museum

Chester Inn State Historic Site & Museum A Tennessee Historical Commission State-Owned Historic Site with a museum about the building and the history of Jonesborough. Located in the heart of downtown Jonesborough, the Chester Inn Museum chronicles the history of Jonesborough from its inception in 1779 to the present.

The museum is located on the street level of the oldest commercial building in town. Exhibits include information on the State of Franklin, a diorama of Jonesborough in the 1850s, the history of the Chester Inn, the 1873 cholera epidemic, and much more. Many of the exhibits feature Jonesborough’s extensive collection of photographs. The upstairs parlor and dining room of the Chester Inn, restored

The museum is located on the street level of the oldest commercial building in town. Exhibits include information on the State of Franklin, a diorama of Jonesborough in the 1850s, the history of the Chester Inn, the 1873 cholera epidemic, and much more. Many of the exhibits feature Jonesborough’s extensive collection of photographs. The upstairs parlor and dining room of the Chester Inn, restored

Operating as usual

Go walking with ghosts this evening and the StoryTown Radio Show. Tickets still available.
10/25/2021

Go walking with ghosts this evening and the StoryTown Radio Show. Tickets still available.

Buy your tickets now for Storytown Celebrates Halloween at jonesborough.com/tickets!

We had a great time at our October History Happy Hour, and we learned so much. Thank you to Pipitones for sharing their ...
10/24/2021

We had a great time at our October History Happy Hour, and we learned so much. Thank you to Pipitones for sharing their collection of Victorian mourning artifacts with us. We also got some tips on additional resources.

We want to say a huge thank you to Crossaid for supplying this shirt as a prize at our last trivia event! If you are loo...
10/22/2021

We want to say a huge thank you to Crossaid for supplying this shirt as a prize at our last trivia event! If you are looking for unique t-shirts, they have a huge variety to choose from! We enjoyed the spooky touch to the Tennessee flag, you can find this and more over on their page!

We want to say a huge thank you to Crossaid for supplying this shirt as a prize at our last trivia event! If you are looking for unique t-shirts, they have a huge variety to choose from! We enjoyed the spooky touch to the Tennessee flag, you can find this and more over on their page!

10/21/2021

Our History Happy Hour on Mourning Customs!

10/21/2021

We’ll be going live in a few minutes with History Happy Hour!

10/21/2021

History Happy Hour is this evening at 6:30 at the International Storytelling Center. We’ll be talking mourning jewelry & customs. Check it out!

Our next History Happy Hour is THIS WEEK!Join us at 6:30 on Thursday as we welcome Roberta Pipitone and her presentation...
10/18/2021

Our next History Happy Hour is THIS WEEK!

Join us at 6:30 on Thursday as we welcome Roberta Pipitone and her presentation "19th Century American Mourning Rules, Customs, and Symbolism," which will also feature examples of mourning items. We will be in person at the International Storytelling Center and streaming live on the Chester Inn page!

Our next History Happy Hour is THIS WEEK!

Join us at 6:30 on Thursday as we welcome Roberta Pipitone and her presentation "19th Century American Mourning Rules, Customs, and Symbolism," which will also feature examples of mourning items. We will be in person at the International Storytelling Center and streaming live on the Chester Inn page!

Have you subscribed to the Chester Inn on YouTube yet? If not, you definitely need to! It is one of the easiest ways tha...
10/15/2021
Chester Inn Museum & State Historic Site - YouTube

Have you subscribed to the Chester Inn on YouTube yet? If not, you definitely need to! It is one of the easiest ways that you can support the museum and keep up with our latest videos 🎬

We have a wide range of digital content on all things historical, including digital series such as Homecooked History and Chilling, Odd, and Mysterious Artifacts! We also have Exhibit Extras and With the Victorians, both with new episodes debuting over the next few weeks!

Follow the link over to our channel and subscribe!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsYn0DMdmopm9FveU8Q0kRQ/featured

The Chester Inn museum is operated by the Heritage Alliance, a history preservation and education nonprofit organization. The Chester Inn features prominentl...

10/14/2021

Our tour guide Dana Kehs has many talents!

Have some fun With the Victorians and Baseball, that classic, American sport. Will Victorian Joe make the team?https://y...
10/13/2021
Baseball...with the Victorians!

Have some fun With the Victorians and Baseball, that classic, American sport. Will Victorian Joe make the team?

https://youtu.be/zgR3K_8Gh9Q

Let's see what happens when you play baseball...with the Victorians!Be sure to like and subscribe to our YouTube channel to catch the videos when they premie...

Barbara and Delores took great care of the Chester Inn. Barbara still cares for the building. We miss Delores, but we th...
10/11/2021
ISC recognizes behind-the-scenes gifts of dynamic duo - Herald & Tribune - Jonesborough, TN

Barbara and Delores took great care of the Chester Inn. Barbara still cares for the building. We miss Delores, but we think of her fondly every time we open the door and step inside.

https://www.heraldandtribune.com/uncategorized/isc-recognizes-behind-the-scenes-gifts-of-dynamic-duo/

By SERINA MARSHALL Staff Writer [email protected] Sisters Barbara Hopson and Delores Markland have definitely made their presence known around ...

Thank you to all of the participants, our hosts, and the fabulous people that loaned us tents! We definitely ended our i...
10/09/2021

Thank you to all of the participants, our hosts, and the fabulous people that loaned us tents! We definitely ended our in-person trivia program for the year with a bang!

Keep an eye out for news and updates on any virtual trivia events over the winter!

There’s a Pop Up Bookshop in the Christopher Taylor House today with Atlas Books!
10/09/2021

There’s a Pop Up Bookshop in the Christopher Taylor House today with Atlas Books!

There’s a Pop Up Bookshop in the Christopher Taylor House today with Atlas Books!

Let's see what happens when you go swimming...with the Victorians!This episode highlights swimming as a means of cooling...
10/08/2021
With the Victorians: Swimming

Let's see what happens when you go swimming...with the Victorians!

This episode highlights swimming as a means of cooling off in hot days during the summer (and early autumn). There are some historic references throughout the video including the listing for swim wear found in the Spring and Summer 1895 edition of the Montgomery Ward. This source was taken from a reproduction found in our museum research book collection. There is also a reference to Clark's Creek, which was an area that many Jonesborough and Washington County residents would go to swim in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

https://youtu.be/tNfXiDYu9PA

Let's see what happens when you go swimming...with the Victorians!Be sure to like and subscribe to our YouTube channel to catch the videos when they premiere...

Last call!
10/07/2021

Last call!

Folks, we have had an amazing response to our last in-person trivia night for the season! And we are almost at capacity. If you would like to join us at the historic Eureka Inn tomorrow night for a Halloween-themed history trivia event, please sign up now!

Registration will close this evening at 5:00 PM and teams will only be accepted at the gate if they have notified us in advance/made prior arrangements. Thank you all for making this event such a fun experience! We look forward to playing with you tomorrow!

History Happy Hour returns in TWO WEEKS, just in time to get in the October spirit 🎃Join us on Thursday, 10/21 at 6:30 p...
10/07/2021

History Happy Hour returns in TWO WEEKS, just in time to get in the October spirit 🎃

Join us on Thursday, 10/21 at 6:30 pm as we welcome Roberta Pipitone and her presentation: "19th Century American Mourning Rules, Customs, and Symbolism." Roberta has been researching and collecting mourning items for 40 years, and in addition to her presentation she plans on bringing a few examples.

This presentation will be in-person at the Storytelling Center, located next door to the Chester Inn.

History Happy Hour returns in TWO WEEKS, just in time to get in the October spirit 🎃

Join us on Thursday, 10/21 at 6:30 pm as we welcome Roberta Pipitone and her presentation: "19th Century American Mourning Rules, Customs, and Symbolism." Roberta has been researching and collecting mourning items for 40 years, and in addition to her presentation she plans on bringing a few examples.

This presentation will be in-person at the Storytelling Center, located next door to the Chester Inn.

10/06/2021

Game Changer Category for Trivia on Friday!

We are saddened to hear of John White's passing. He served as a volunteer docent at the museum for several years. He sto...
10/01/2021

We are saddened to hear of John White's passing. He served as a volunteer docent at the museum for several years. He stopped volunteering at the start of 2020 but stayed in regular contact and would stop in for a visit before relocating out of the area.

John would normally volunteer in tandem with Joe Allison, and would also help on major events like Jonesborough Days or the Storytelling Festival. John loved to talk to people and share stories. We will definitely miss seeing him around the museum and hearing from him ❤️

The final Old Jonesborough Cemetery Tour of the 2021 Season is tomorrow (10/2) at 2:30. Get your tickets, only $3.00, at...
10/01/2021

The final Old Jonesborough Cemetery Tour of the 2021 Season is tomorrow (10/2) at 2:30. Get your tickets, only $3.00, at the museum.

The final Old Jonesborough Cemetery Tour of the 2021 Season is tomorrow (10/2) at 2:30. Get your tickets, only $3.00, at the museum.

We're back with another circus themed Exhibit Extra! In this episode, Megan discusses how items were chosen for the exhi...
09/30/2021
Exhibit Extra #9: Circus Items and the Research Process

We're back with another circus themed Exhibit Extra! In this episode, Megan discusses how items were chosen for the exhibit and the research process, and we also take a look at a couple of exhibit-related items. Check it out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7JET3MkvgM

In this episode of Exhibit Extras, we talk with Heritage Alliance Programming Coordinator Dr. Megan Cullen Tewell about "The Noblest Art: A Local History of ...

09/30/2021

Recently a couple from Johnson City visited the Homestead and Visitors Center. They wound up being two of my most memorable guests. After touring the Homestead the lady told me about her Great Grandfather, John T. Phillips. He was raised in Greeneville and mentored by Andrew Johnson. Following his Presidency, Andrew Johnson paid Phillips for odd jobs and encouraged his sense of patriotism, duty, and hard work. Phillips went on to become a well-known local preacher, lawyer, as well as, Sullivan County Judge.

When the Spanish American War broke out in 1898, Mr. Phillips volunteered for duty, serving as a Chaplain. But, here’s the kicker. He was already in his forties! John T. Phillips is buried in the officers section of Andrew Johnson National Cemetery. Fittingly the mentor still has his eyes on his mentee. The eagle atop the President’s monument looks directly down onto the grave of Judge Phillips. We do not have a picture of Judge Phillips. If anyone has one please forward it to us.

East Tennessee History Center

09/29/2021

We have an exciting announcement in honor of National Silent Movie Day: With the Victorians is returning with a few more episodes! These episodes will feature the theme of leisure activities in the late 1800s. So get ready, follow us here on Facebook for updates, and keep an eye out for the next episode to debut on the Chester Inn YouTube channel.

You can catch the last round of episodes here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZ_6cqRdVWCBZ05EvsE2Ry5kbvLsLOsXO

We will miss our friend John. He was a steady presence at the front desk of the museum, always ready to share history an...
09/28/2021
Mr. John R. White

We will miss our friend John. He was a steady presence at the front desk of the museum, always ready to share history and his own stories with visitors. Thank you for all your help, John. Rest easy.

https://www.johnsoncitypress.com/obituary/mr-john-r-white/article_4cc01024-2056-11ec-bf6f-df36e556f4cb.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

TELFORD - Mr. John R. White, age 82, Telford, passed away Thursday, September 23, 2021 in Logoff, South Carolina.

Look out! Our next trivia night is coming up on Friday, October 8th, just in time for Halloween season 🎃 Registration is...
09/27/2021

Look out!

Our next trivia night is coming up on Friday, October 8th, just in time for Halloween season 🎃

Registration is open, so join us for a fun-filled night of frights and test your knowledge of all things spooky 👻 💀 You won't want to miss it!

Look out!

Our next trivia night is coming up on Friday, October 8th, just in time for Halloween season 🎃

Registration is open, so join us for a fun-filled night of frights and test your knowledge of all things spooky 👻 💀 You won't want to miss it!

Does anyone recognize this home?
09/27/2021

Does anyone recognize this home?

09/25/2021

Our phones are currently down at the museum. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We’ll be open from 1-5 on Sunday.

Photos from Teaching with Primary Sources - Middle Tennessee State University's post
09/24/2021

Photos from Teaching with Primary Sources - Middle Tennessee State University's post

09/24/2021
Constitution Week Bell Ringing Pop-Up

September 17-23 is recognized annually as Constitution Week. To close out this important week, we’re sharing a bell ringing we did last year with the State of Franklin Chapter NSDAR Jonesborough, TN 11-2017.

We're back with another episode of Exhibit Extras! In this episode we are exploring the themes of "The Noblest Art: A Lo...
09/23/2021
Exhibit Extra # 8

We're back with another episode of Exhibit Extras! In this episode we are exploring the themes of "The Noblest Art: A Local History of the Circus," and how to incorporate complicated history into an exhibit.

You can watch this and our previous episode on the circus-themed exhibit on display at the JWCH Museum before this evening's exhibit reception at the Jonesborough Visitors Center!

https://youtu.be/v5xvGDHFT58

In this episode of Exhibit Extras, we talk with Heritage Alliance Programming Coordinator Dr. Megan Cullen Tewell about "The Noblest Art: A Local History of ...

Ghoulish Goodies is back with the Washington County Tennessee Public Library. We're excited to be a part of this virtual...
09/22/2021

Ghoulish Goodies is back with the Washington County Tennessee Public Library. We're excited to be a part of this virtual trick-or-treat event again!

Ghoulish Goodies: Chapter 2

Washington County Public Library

wclibrarytn.beanstack.org

October 4th – October 24th

Registration begins September 20th



Have you heard the clock tower ringing? It’s almost that time again!

Laura the Librarian is welcoming everyone back to the oldest town in Tennessee for another chapter of Ghoulish Goodies, Washington County Tennessee Public Library’s Virtual Trick-Or-Treating event!

Laura wants to make it a little different this year, because she loves mixing things up!

This year, the Main Street businesses will be separated into four groups per week, and the codes will be based on famous horror authors! Each group will award you a badge and a small bag of candy.

There will also be one secret badge per week, with the codes hidden inside different businesses. Each badge you earn will get you a full candy bar! There’s also a chance that just entering in one of the secret codes will earn you an in-person prize at the business, so don’t be afraid to ask!

Ghoulish Goodies: Chapter 2 will only last three weeks, starting on October 4th going through October 24th.

Registration will start September 20th and will last until October 17th, the end of the second week.

If you register for the event after midnight October 17th, any badges you unlock will not be counted for and you will not earn any prizes.

So be sure to register early so you can get the full experience!

Your Ghoulish Bag will be available to be picked up starting on October 25th at the Jonesborough Library.

This event is free for all ages; kids, teens, adults alike!

Any questions, comments, or concerns can be directed to Allen McCumber at [email protected]!

The Chester Inn Museum turns 10 this month! Keep an eye out for more 10th anniversary celebrations from the museum!
09/17/2021

The Chester Inn Museum turns 10 this month! Keep an eye out for more 10th anniversary celebrations from the museum!

The Chester Inn Museum turns 10 this month! Keep an eye out for more 10th anniversary celebrations from the museum!

Our sister museum the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum is hosting an exhibit reception next Thursday with g...
09/17/2021
The Heritage Alliance to host reception at the Jonesborough & Washington County History Museum

Our sister museum the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum is hosting an exhibit reception next Thursday with games and a chance for you to leave your feedback on what you’d like to see in the museum.

https://www.johnsoncitypress.com/news/the-heritage-alliance-to-host-reception-at-the-jonesborough-washington-county-history-museum/article_0893f5a4-119d-11ec-a9d2-4f98369f74ff.html

If you’d like to see the clock that used to keep time in the 1847 Washington County Courthouse, an early 1900s Crazy Quilt or the museum’s other current exhibits, you’ll

Exhibit Extras is back 🥳In this episode we are joined by the Heritage Alliance's own Megan Cullen Tewell to discuss the ...
09/16/2021
Exhibit Extra 7: "The Noblest Art" Exhibit Layout

Exhibit Extras is back 🥳

In this episode we are joined by the Heritage Alliance's own Megan Cullen Tewell to discuss the "Noblest Art" circus exhibit currently on display at the Jonesborough Washington County History Museum. This is the first of three episodes about the exhibit!

This video covers the design and layout of the exhibit. You can catch the full episode on our YouTube channel by using this link:

https://youtu.be/2Z8cJ-bAriA

In this episode of Exhibit Extras, we talk with Heritage Alliance Programming Coordinator Dr. Megan Cullen Tewell about "The Noblest Art: A Local History of ...

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116 W Main St
Jonesborough, TN
37659

Opening Hours

Monday 11am - 6pm
Wednesday 11am - 6pm
Thursday 11am - 6pm
Friday 11am - 6pm
Saturday 11am - 6pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm

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(423) 753-4580

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The Chester Inn is a Tennessee Historical Commission State-Owned Historic Site. Located in the heart of downtown Jonesborough, the Chester Inn Museum chronicles the history of Jonesborough from its inception in 1779 to the present. The museum is located on the street level of the oldest commercial building in town. Exhibits include information on the State of Franklin, a diorama of Jonesborough in the 1850s, the history of the Chester Inn, the 1873 cholera epidemic, and much more. Many of the exhibits feature Jonesborough’s extensive collection of photographs. The upstairs parlor and dining room of the Chester Inn, restored to the Victorian era style of the late 1800s, are also open for viewing. Kids’ activities include a museum scavenger hunt, a coloring book that features some of Jonesborough’s historic buildings, and a primary source activity with the cholera epidemic of 1873. The operation of the Chester Inn is partially funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation – Tennessee Historical Commission.

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Have you heard about our new exhibit video series, but haven't had a chance to watch it? Well...what are you waiting for?? Here is a link to our second episode, and our third episode will be up tomorrow on the Chester Inn YouTube channel.
Herald and Tribune Oct. 7, 1896
Enjoyed learning about historic Jonesborough at the Chester Inn Historic Site!