10 Things to Do in Jonesborough That You Shouldn't Miss

January 1, 2018 Hector Krause

Jonesborough (historically also Jonesboro) is a town in, and the county seat of, Washington County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. The population was 5,975 at the 2010 census. It is "Tennessee's oldest town".
Restaurants in Jonesborough

1. Tennessee Hills Distillery

127 Fox St, Jonesborough, TN 37659-1309
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5 based on 72 reviews

Tennessee Hills Distillery

Tennessee Hills Distillery is the dream and vision of our founder, Stephen Callahan. The distillery is located in Jonesborough, Tennessee's oldest town, and housed in the very historic Salt House building which was constructed in the1840s and used to store salt during the Civil War era. The building has gone through a very rigorous renovation process and provides the perfect venue for any tourist visiting Jonesborough. While at the distillery, visitors have the opportunity to witness every aspect of our liquor making process such as mashing/fermenting to the final distillation in our hand-made copper stills that were built by the fellas at Tennessee Hills Distillery, as well as our bottling and packaging processes. The facility also provides a tasting bar that will allow our customers and tourist to experience and purchase all of our Tennessee Hills products.

Reviewed By RonCentralCA - Capitola, California

This is the far east outpost on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail (Tennessee's comparable to Kentucky's Bourbon Trail). Since Tennessee lifted large-scale prohibition era taxation, this spot is one of several new distilleries in Tennessee which have sprouted up recently. If you're looking for moonshine, this...MoreThanks for the review!

2. International Storytelling Center

116 W Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659-1239 +1 800-952-8392
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4.5 based on 125 reviews

International Storytelling Center

In our age of fast-moving technology, it seems unlikely that thousands of audience members could spend a weekend mesmerized by the voices of storytellers. But that's exactly what happens in Jonesborough every year, starting the first Friday in October and running through the weekend. The National Storytelling Festival began in 1973 when 60 people came to hear a few Appalachian tales from the back of a hay wagon parked beside the town courthouse. In the decades since, those 60 people have grown to 10,000, and the hay wagon has been replaced by large, circus-like tents raised throughout the town. Those first mountain tales are supplemented now with stories from around the globe, spiked with the flair of poetry, blues, ballads and banjo. The Festival encompasses a wealth of cultures, traditions and styles- a world of stories within one small, historic town.

Reviewed By GenghisKhan - Jonesborough, TN

I love Storytelling, but I don't love crowds. In Jonesborough, I have the opportunity to see world-class storytellers in a small auditorium, with no crowds. Tellers-in-Residence perform Tuesday through Saturday every week. Remember to wear a sweater -- they keep the place frosty!

3. Jonesborough Repertory Theatre

125.5 W Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659-1227 +1 423-753-1010
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5 based on 51 reviews

Jonesborough Repertory Theatre

Reviewed By FSUWizard - Port Orange, Florida

I saw Jonesborough Repertory Theatre's Young Frankenstein production today and must say that I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. The theater is small with inadequate bathrooms but the production was amazing. The acting an singing were very good. Not amateurish at all. The cost is very reasonable. I will be back when visiting the area.

4. Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum

116 W Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659-1239 +1 423-753-9580
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5 based on 34 reviews

Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum

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! Activities for kids include a coloring book and museum scavenger hunt. We have rotating exhibits, so make sure you check back with us often. January - February - Closed, open by appointment only March - April - Mon, Fri, Sat 11-6, Sun 1-5 May - Oct - Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat 11-6, Sun 1-5 Nov - Dec - Mon, Fri, Sat 11-6, Sun 1-5 Join us on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 P.M. for History Happy Hour!

Reviewed By 69edwardp - Jonesborough, Tennessee

The Chester Inn is situated on Main Street, Jonesborough (the oldest town in Tennessee. The property is well preserved with an interesting story to tell. What gives it added impact is the creative presentation of photos, artifacts and antiques. Well worth a visit.

5. Wetlands Water Park

1523 Persimmon Ridge Rd, Jonesborough, TN 37659-5243 +1 423-753-1553
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3.5 based on 57 reviews

Wetlands Water Park

Reviewed By Russell H - Elizabethton, United States

This was perfect for my grand kids. It was cheep for this kind of entertainment. If your in the area with young kids and need a relaxing day this is a good place. It has water slides lazy river and wading pools. There is lazy river tubes to rent, they should be furnished, they are lockers to rent as well. $ 9.00 on Sunday and I have a picture of the price list.

6. Heritage Alliance

116 W Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659-1239
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Heritage Alliance

Available at 1:00 P.M., these tours depart from the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum. Costumed guides will discuss the history of the town, its people, and the lives they built. March - April on Saturdays, May - October on Fri-Sat & 7:00 P.M. on Thurs evenings through the end of August, Nov-Dec on Saturdays. Put your history detective skills to the test with the Jonesborough Mythbusting Tour available March-Dec at 1:00 P.M. the 1st Saturday of the month and at 2:30 P.M. the 2nd Saturday of the month. New this year, the Railroad Tour is a great chance to experience the backside of Main Street. Guides will discuss the rich history of the railroad in East Tennessee. Tour ends a the Chuckey Depot Railroad Museum in the 1906 Chuckey Depot. This tour is available March-Dec at 2:30 P.M. on the 4th Saturday of the month. The Old Jonesborough Cemetery Tour is available at 2:30 P.M. on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from May 19 - October 6.

Reviewed By Jeff S - Richmond, Virginia

What a charming small town with flag lined streets cute shops in historic buildings a railroad and courthouse Charming on every level

7. Fender's Farm and Corn Maze

254 Highway 107, Jonesborough, TN 37659-7153 +1 423-753-4469
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4 based on 37 reviews

Fender's Farm and Corn Maze

Reviewed By Chase C

Went to Fender's with another family. They offer a wide array of activities. Zip lines, corn maze, haunted attractions, paintball, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, and play areas. I would highly recommend this if you are looking for some fall fun. The corn maze is great and has 10 checkpoints. The corn maze will most likely get you lost! It is the first corn maze I've been to that is actually confusing. Walking through the corn maze was much better at dark. It was much better than most as the walking path within the maze was in good condition. Many corn mazes I've been to have corn stalks and other debris in the walkway, and are like walking through a field. This one has a much smoother path. There are some rough spots in the path, but overall much better than most. I wouldn't advise going if the weather has been rainy because it is still a dirt path. Overall a pleasant experience that will earn a repeat trip.

8. Jonesborough Storytellers Guild

Main Street, Jonesborough, TN 37659 +1 423-913-2166
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5 based on 11 reviews

Jonesborough Storytellers Guild

Reviewed By Joe D - Candler, North Carolina

Didn't really know what to expect as I had not heard of any of the storytellers but wow, what talent they have. The storytelling theater at the center is beautiful and the storytellers are all top notch. We'll be back again.

9. Depot Street Brewing, Jonesborough Tennessee

904 Depot St, Jonesborough, TN 37659-5662 +1 423-753-7628
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Depot Street Brewing, Jonesborough Tennessee

Reviewed By Peter L

This microbrewery has an interesting layout with some cool spaces and lots of potential. Unfortunately, the beer is unremarkable at this point and the service model leaves a lot to be desired.

Being told you can't sample a beer before you commit to a pint is as out of place in the microbrewery industry as "no test drives allowed" would be at a car dealership. Get a clue people. Not sure if was just Lee, the abrasive server working the day I visited, or the policy of the owner/brewer, Either way, it's out of sync, in both spirit and practice.

The best parts of this brewery are the cool loft and the neat patio space, with pot belly wood stoves out back, right beside the railroad track.

This place has potential. Once the beer recipes mature a bit and the service improves.

Will not return.

10. Jonesborough Visitors Center and Emporium

117 Boone St, Jonesborough, TN 37659-1345 +1 423-753-1010
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5 based on 13 reviews

Jonesborough Visitors Center and Emporium

Reviewed By Noel78 - North Carolina

This is a well-stocked visitors center which includes an exterior veterans monument and small museum-type exhibits documenting the town and life of Jonesborough. The exterior includes an unfinished metal sculpture by a deceased local artist which is quite handsome. The work was incomplete at the time of his death. The gift shop has excellent items, especially its book selection. They also sell some snacks and cold bottled soft drinks. They have brochures, maps, and menus from the area restaurants. The two staff members are spoke with in the morning and afternoon were helpful and pleasant. It must get boring answering the same questions 88 times a day. FYI There is also a public restroom there.

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