Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum, Jonesborough

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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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  • Located right on main street with good shopping all around, this museum provided good information about the history of the community. We especially appreciated the gorgeous homes in this village...  more »
  • Very informative about the formation and history of Jonesborough. I liked the fact that it is a self guided tour so you can spend as much as you like at each exhibit.  more »
  • If you live in our beautiful little town of Jonesborough you should definitely make a point to visit the Chester in. I love history so that was why I enjoyed it too. It has a great story and a great history and are really nice little first town in Tennessee. If you have children around the age of 9 you should take them they will enjoy it with you
  • Very cool museum! Full of history! Five chimneys because it was the best Inn in Tennessee

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