Heritage Alliance

Heritage Alliance To preserve and promote the architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of our region. The inception of the Heritage Alliance in 2001 actually stemmed from the merging of three different organizations, whose members carried out their organizations' respective missions, while finding many areas for cross-collaboration.

Members of the Jonesborough Civic-Trust, the Jonesborough-Washington County History Museum, and the Historic Jonesborough Foundation that one organization, utilizing the skills and resources of each parent would ultimately better serve the needs of our community and the entire region as well. While most "preservation" organizations only include architectural preservation in their mission, we take

Members of the Jonesborough Civic-Trust, the Jonesborough-Washington County History Museum, and the Historic Jonesborough Foundation that one organization, utilizing the skills and resources of each parent would ultimately better serve the needs of our community and the entire region as well. While most "preservation" organizations only include architectural preservation in their mission, we take

Operating as usual

11/09/2021

The Progressive Dinner is sold out. We do have a waiting list, and Jonesborough has plenty of holiday events to offer.

The McKinney Center has a special Conversations That Matter this Thursday in honor of Veteran’s Day. Get to know two, lo...
11/09/2021

The McKinney Center has a special Conversations That Matter this Thursday in honor of Veteran’s Day. Get to know two, local veterans better. You might recognize Paul Braxton from his portrayal of Buffalo Soldier Alfred Martin Ray. Sign up now!

November is Native American Heritage Month.
11/08/2021

November is Native American Heritage Month.

The International Storytelling Center sits on the traditional land of the Cherokee Nation, and we pay our respects to their Elders, past, present, and emerging. We also acknowledge Indigenous peoples where you are and around the world as the traditional custodians of the sacred and ancient art of storytelling. Stories told by all First Nation tribes share not only tribal history, but they are told to educate and share the culture of each tribe. Storytelling has been valued in traditional ways of knowing in Indigenous cultures and is seen as a primary means to pass on knowledge over generations.

Pictured: Gene Tagaban – a Cherokee, Tlingit and Filipino storyteller at the 2017 National Storytelling Festival.

#RootsOfStorytelling #PowerOfStorytelling #ISC #InternationalStorytellingCenter

Good Sunday read.“Neither park has active programming to educate visitors about the full history of how those sites were...
11/07/2021
These World’s Fair sites reveal a history of segregation

Good Sunday read.

“Neither park has active programming to educate visitors about the full history of how those sites were created. Until there’s as much support behind local education efforts as national ones, it’s up to tourists to question what might be missing in the public places they visit.

“We walk the streets, walk the parks, and go about our daily lives truly unaware of the history of where we are,” Rose said. “There’s history everywhere.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/revealing-the-black-history-of-world-fair-parks-nashville-atlanta?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=Compass_20211106::rid=AE7585776A3B9CA58D68AE454566D786

In Nashville and Atlanta, these parks contain a rich—and overlooked—legacy of Black art, innovation, and culture.

We're very thankful for the StoryTown Radio Show that helps us share local history far and wide!
11/04/2021

We're very thankful for the StoryTown Radio Show that helps us share local history far and wide!

The stories of Carver Park are being collected by the International Storytelling Center over a three day workshop. If yo...
11/04/2021
‘I Have a Story’ program aims to amplify stories not often told

The stories of Carver Park are being collected by the International Storytelling Center over a three day workshop. If you are a part of the community, please consider attending. "I Have A Story" of Carver Park: Participant Workshops

Carver Recreation Center

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — The International Storytelling Center and Carver Park are teaming up to tell the stories of the neighborhoods surrounding the park and present them in a visual art piec…

The Duncan House is lovely in the fall.
11/04/2021

The Duncan House is lovely in the fall.

The Duncan House is lovely in the fall.

11/03/2021
Homecooked History: Episode 11 (Squash Pie)

Why dream of ice cream when you can vie for pie?!

In this latest episode of Homecooked History, Megan recreates a fall classic: Squash Pie!

Watch to learn more about Indigenous foodways, the historical importance of the squash, and the longevity of squash pie in American cuisine.

11/03/2021

The Chester Inn State Historic Site & Museum has switched to its fall/winter hours.

There are only 6 tickets left for this special performance on November 13th! Get your tickets today.https://www.wca1780....
11/02/2021
Alumni Fundraiser - "NANCY" Saturday night, 13 November at 6:00 pm. | WashingtonCollegeAc.

There are only 6 tickets left for this special performance on November 13th! Get your tickets today.

https://www.wca1780.com/product-page/alumni-fundraiser-nancy-saturday-night-13-november-at-6-00-pm?fbclid=IwAR2nwIS1XmYEu9DOudd9e0a-rpIFtkivFpbp07-OKgwzwDsbOJSOscO98us

The Alumni have planned a special fund-raising event. A talented author in Jonesboro has written a play, NANCY, and it will be performed in the lounge of the Girl’s Dorm on Saturday night, 13 November at 6:00 pm. The tickets cost $20.00 All of the profits for the evening go to the W.C.A. Alumni. T...

Nancy on Juneteenth at the Embree House Historic Farm. Photos by Mark Larkey.Nancy's story will be shared again on Novem...
11/02/2021

Nancy on Juneteenth at the Embree House Historic Farm. Photos by Mark Larkey.

Nancy's story will be shared again on November 13th at Washington College Academy School Of Arts & Crafts. There are only 6 tickets left for that event!

So much future potential for this historic building. What should it become?https://wcyb.com/news/local/washington-county...
11/02/2021
Washington County, Tenn. approves agreement to renovate Ashe Street courthouse

So much future potential for this historic building. What should it become?

https://wcyb.com/news/local/washington-county-tn-interlocal-ashe-st-courthouse

Washington County, Tennessee commissioners have approved a new interlocal agreement with Johnson City to work together to renovate the historic Ashe Street Courthouse. It’s a historic part of Johnson City’s Tree Streets neighborhood and in dire need of repair, but when Johnson City got a...

“The title coincides with our desire to showcase individuals who love the mountains and also appreciate their cultural h...
11/02/2021
'Appalachian Soul' brings fresh life to regional documentary

“The title coincides with our desire to showcase individuals who love the mountains and also appreciate their cultural heritage,” said Dickson, who is the director of the Langston Centre in Johnson City. “ ‘Appalachian Soul’ to me implies two distinct characteristics — Appalachian and black — that are symbiotic. It is this diversity that shapes my American identity.”

In Dickson’s opinion, the movie could also impact the region’s economic and tourist development.

“Appalachian Soul has the potential to convince diverse populations that our community is a great place to live, work, and/or play,” Dickson said.

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Local filmmakers are producing a documentary celebrating the legacy of African-Americans in Appalachia. Formerly titled “The Black Appalachian,” the filmmakers have chosen to rebrand the project with a new name:

Our tour guide and local actor Joel VanEaton is a part of It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play at Jonesborough Repertory The...
11/01/2021

Our tour guide and local actor Joel VanEaton is a part of It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play at Jonesborough Repertory Theatre. The show is this week only, so get tickets today and kick off your holiday season.

Joel VanEaton: "It's a Wonderful Life is such a timely production. I love the way we are doing this as a 1940s radio production, because it reminds me of how simpler and more intimate our friendships can be if we just unplug. With nothing digital, we will be able to use our imaginations—maybe for the first time in a long time—to enjoy just being together and get reacquainted with the fact that, 'no man is a failure who has friends.' "

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play will be onstage at the JRT November 4 -7. Get your tickets now at 423-753-1010.

Photo credit: Dr. Gregg Perry

Congratulations to our friends at the Boones Creek Museum and Opry in their new venue!
11/01/2021
Boones Creek Opry barn open for business

Congratulations to our friends at the Boones Creek Museum and Opry in their new venue!

It’s taken at least three decades for a Boones Creek Historical Trust’s vision to come to life, and now it’s a tangible thing to celebrate the rich history and heritage

Happy Halloween!
10/31/2021
Halloween...with the Victorians

Happy Halloween!

It's time to find out how to celebrate Halloween...with the Victorians 🎃👻🎩Be sure to like and subscribe to our YouTube channel to catch the videos when th...

You might see some bewitching faces at the Christopher Taylor House this weekend.
10/30/2021

You might see some bewitching faces at the Christopher Taylor House this weekend.

Join these famous witch sisters at the Christopher Taylor House in Jonesborough for a meet and greet, photos, and candy!
Friday, October 29th, from 6-8:30pm, and Saturday, October 30th, from 2-5:00pm.
“It’s all just a bunch of hocus pocus.” —Max

Let's go to the movies...with the Victorians!Motion pictures were very popular in the early 1900s, but did you know that...
10/29/2021
Movies

Let's go to the movies...with the Victorians!

Motion pictures were very popular in the early 1900s, but did you know that they actually debuted in the late 1800s? In this video we'll learn about how people in the Victorian period would have gone to see a motion picture, including some specific references to local history 😉

Also, you might just see a cameo of the Jackson Theatre.

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

Our True and Chilling Tales Tours may be sold out, but you can get a little taste of them here. Thanks to WJHL for stopp...
10/27/2021
Haunted Tri-Cities: True and Chilling Tales Tours in Jonesborough

Our True and Chilling Tales Tours may be sold out, but you can get a little taste of them here. Thanks to WJHL for stopping by and getting spooky with us.

https://www.wjhl.com/haunted-tri-cities/haunted-tri-cities-true-and-chilling-tales-tours-in-jonesborough/

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) — As the oldest town in Tennessee, Jonesborough has a lot of history. Some of that history is very dark and is being exposed in the True and Chilling Tales Tour in …

Thank you to Memory Layne Photography for these wonderful photos of this year's production of A Spot On the Hill.
10/27/2021

Thank you to Memory Layne Photography for these wonderful photos of this year's production of A Spot On the Hill.

We are in love with this photo of the Cox family graves in the Old Jonesborough Cemetery. This photo was taken by Osie C...
10/26/2021

We are in love with this photo of the Cox family graves in the Old Jonesborough Cemetery. This photo was taken by Osie Casey with Memory Layne Photography. We were fortunate enough to have them take photos of the play this year, and we'll be sharing many more of her beautiful photos tomorrow.

We are in love with this photo of the Cox family graves in the Old Jonesborough Cemetery. This photo was taken by Osie Casey with Memory Layne Photography. We were fortunate enough to have them take photos of the play this year, and we'll be sharing many more of her beautiful photos tomorrow.

Thank you to our audience photographers who contributed to this album, Joe Spiker, Ed Wolff, Kristine Lee, Carolyn Andre...
10/26/2021

Thank you to our audience photographers who contributed to this album, Joe Spiker, Ed Wolff, Kristine Lee, Carolyn Andrews, and Anne Mason.

Thank you for helping us capture these moments in the cemetery.

10/25/2021

Here’s a classic Halloween episode from the vault. See an all new, spooky edition of StoryTown Radio Show this evening at the McKinney Center. Tickets are available at Jonesborough.com/tickets.

“When the preservation movement took off in the mid-20th century, it aimed to save the grand and beautiful. Properties c...
10/25/2021
Could the preservation of African American sites be seen as an act of racial justice?

“When the preservation movement took off in the mid-20th century, it aimed to save the grand and beautiful. Properties created by famous architects were valued most. And most of these buildings were built and owned by white residents. But now a growing number of organisations are pushing for equity in historic preservation and increasing conservation efforts for a number of sites that matter to the history of the Black community.”

https://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/2021/10/20/african-american-heritage-sites-get-attention-preservation-efforts/8468049002/

Preservationists have realized that what happened in a building matters as much as how it was built. Now more Black heritage sites may gain attention.

Less than 20 tickets left to hear Nancy’s story on November 13th at Washington College Academy!
10/25/2021

Less than 20 tickets left to hear Nancy’s story on November 13th at Washington College Academy!

We have 17 Tickets left !
Be sure to grab yours today call 423-257-5151 or go register on wca1780.org!

We had beautiful weather for this year’s A Spot On the Hill. Thank you to our cast, crew, and audience members who helpe...
10/24/2021

We had beautiful weather for this year’s A Spot On the Hill. Thank you to our cast, crew, and audience members who helped raise money for the historic cemeteries and educational programming.

Funeral Director - Gordon Edwards, John Simpson - Joel Van Eaton, George Keys - Tristan Gross, Daisy Panhorst Laird - Anna Van Eaton, Ethel Panhorst Cooke - Anne Mason, Mary H Chester Blair - Cindy Frosley, WES Armstrong - Kyle Mason, Lucy Stuart - Stefanie Murphy, Katherine Simpson Panhorst - Katy Rosilowski, James Cox - Tim Herron, Sarah Rhea Lucky - Wendy Gourley

Play researched, written, and directed by Anne Mason. Additional research and direction provided by Gordon Edwards.

You’ll hear some of these stories tomorrow evening in the StoryTown Radio Show. Tickets are available at Jonesborough.co...
10/24/2021
5 Haunting Stories of Tennessee’s Oldest Town - Town of Jonesborough

You’ll hear some of these stories tomorrow evening in the StoryTown Radio Show. Tickets are available at Jonesborough.com/tickets.

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Tennessee’s Oldest Town has some chilling and thrilling stories to go along with its unique history! These tales are taken from different sources in Jonesborough. Oldest Photo of Jonesborough Provided by Roger Gentry, Town of Jonesborough employee: SULPHUR SPRING SCHOOL I went to Sulphur Springs. ...

John Simpson and his Mansion Hotel are also featured in this year’s A Spot On the Hill.
10/23/2021

John Simpson and his Mansion Hotel are also featured in this year’s A Spot On the Hill.

John Simpson and his Mansion Hotel are also featured in this year’s A Spot On the Hill.

Thank you so much to Gwen at Crossaid for providing this delightfully spooky shirt for our Halloween prize pack at our l...
10/22/2021

Thank you so much to Gwen at Crossaid for providing this delightfully spooky shirt for our Halloween prize pack at our latest trivia night! You can check out all of their designs over at their page or their website:

http://crossaidcommunity.com/

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

You can also watch the livestream on the Chester Inn’s page.

Sarah Rhea Lucky, first wife of Seth Lucky, shares her story in this year’s A Spot On the Hill.
10/21/2021

Sarah Rhea Lucky, first wife of Seth Lucky, shares her story in this year’s A Spot On the Hill.

Sarah Rhea Lucky, first wife of Seth Lucky, shares her story in this year’s A Spot On the Hill.

The community lost a stalwart with the passing of JoAnn Fitzgerald.
10/21/2021

The community lost a stalwart with the passing of JoAnn Fitzgerald.

“There was a little room [at Booker T Washington School] that had a stove, refrigerator and a sink, and the older girls had to cook for the rest of the students. My next door neighbor, JoAnn, and I cooked beans and cornbread and cabbage, a whole meal. We’d leave our desks, stir the beans, take out the cornbread and go back to do school work.”

- Nancy Robinson

From a very young age, JoAnn Fitzgerald served her community. As a child, she served meals for her community as a student at Booker T Washington School. As an adult, she served ETSU as an employee for 30 years and Bethel Church as a trustee.

JoAnn Fitzgerald
May 25, 1937 - Sep 28, 2021
I Remember You

StoryTown Radio Show is sharing lots of fun, spooky stuff on their social media. Go and check it out.
10/19/2021

StoryTown Radio Show is sharing lots of fun, spooky stuff on their social media. Go and check it out.

“When we lived in the house in Jonesborough, we used to say we had a ghost there named “George” because when you couldn’t find things, you would say that “George moved them” and then you would turn around and the thing would be there. One time Mother had gone to a place in Jonesboro, GA and discovered that they had a ghost at that house named “George” and there was a railroad track close to that house as well. And so, we joked about George going on the train from Jonesboro, GA to Jonesborough, TN”

-Diana Moore
Pictured: the Dossor-Moore House in Jonesborough, TN

Address

212 Sabin Dr
Jonesborough, TN
37659

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(423) 753-9580

Products

Technical Preservation Assistance, Heritage Education Programming, Preservation Based Educational Programs, Museum Exhibitry, Archival Research, Architectural Salvage Material, Professional Development Workshops, Community Development Assistance, Grant Writing Assistance, Referral of Technical Services

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Learn the Story of Jonesborough on the Streets of this Historic Town

Our Historic Jonesborough Walking Tours are available March-April at 1:00 pm on Saturdays, May-August at 1:00 pm on Fri-Sat & 7:00 pm on Thursday evenings, September-October at 1:00 pm on Fri-Sat, November-December at 1:00 pm on Saturdays. Tickets $5.00. Our Jonesborough Mythbusting Tour will be available in March at 2:30 pm on the 2nd Saturday of the month, April-December at 1:00 pm the 1st Saturday of the month and 2:30 pm the 2nd Saturday of the month. Tickets $5.00. Put your history detective skills to use! Old Jonesborough Cemetery tours will be at 2:30 pm the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from May 19 - October 6. Tickets $3.00.

New this year, the Railroad Tour is a wonderful opportunity to see the backside of Main Street. Tour concludes a the Chuckey Depot Railroad Museum. Available March-December at 2:30 pm on the 4th Saturday of the month. Tickets $5.00.

Tickets are sold at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum. Combo ticket options are available. Contact the Heritage Alliance to schedule a large group tour or to set a tour for another time/date.

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https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=2888518574698711&set=gm.4478032448898386 I found this on a local FB page. Since you mentioned poor Mary (AKA Murderous Mary) the elephant in your circus display I thought you might like to see it.
I found this last night in a box of family photos.
❗️CALLING ALL JOHNSON CITIANS❗️ It's not too late to contact the ETSU history department about contributing artifacts, stories, photographs, etc. for their upcoming digital History Harvest. They will be digitizing your local treasured memories at NO COST to you at the Johnson City Public Library (March 30th, 10am-4pm). This is a great way to get your family's heritage saved for future generations. You DO NOT have to donate the physical objects to participate. Those interested must contact the history department at [email protected] or 423-439-4222 by March 8th.
I think I solved the Homer & Pearl mystery from the picture that was shown tonight during Jacob's presentation. Homer and Pearl Sells were married in Washington County in 1920. They had four children, Dorothy (married Paul Kinzie), William, Ella (married Robert Day) and Charles.
Enjoyed the performance on Friday night, thanks so much!
Enjoyed the performance on Friday night, thanks so much!
The Heritage Alliance float in the Jonesborough parade this morning.
During a recent "Old Jonesborough Cemetery Tour" one of the neighbors rolled up with her supplies to refresh a planting. Thank you, Megan, for the perfect timing and for your commitment! And thank you to Gordon Edwards for a fabulous stroll through the past. (As promised, here's the photo!)
Please help the SE Narrow Gauge & Short Line Museum restore this Clinchfield icon!! She will be restored to her former glory and stored under roof for generations to enjoy!