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The First National Bank of Jonesborough was built in 1915, and later was known as the First People’s Bank. It was renovated in 2015-16 for the county archives, and the building now houses the oldest public records in Tennessee.
Chester Inn, Main Street in Jonesborough, was built in 1797 and was known as the finest inn on the Tennessee frontier. Three United States presidents – Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson stayed at the inn.
Washington County Courthouse during the prohibition election in 1887.
The Byrd Brown house, located on Taylor Bridge Road near the Nolichucky River. Photo is undated, but shows the home in it’s “glory days.”
Embreeville area in Washington County, note the Iron Furnace on the right.
Jesse Dunkin grave
The DeVault Tavern, built in 1821 on the Great Stage Road, located on Stout Drive in Jonesborough.
Langston High School, built in 1893, was the first African-American public high school in Johnson City.
Downtown Jonesboro after a fire on December 31, 1873 destroyed many buildings.
Undated photo of the N. T. Jackson residence, located on a hill, south of Jonesborough. The home was built before 1850.
Elizabeth Dunkin grave
Early Jonesborough, showing the Baptist Church and Boone Street.
Boones Creek Waterfalls are said to be the falls under which Daniel Boone hid from hostile Indians. Photo undated.
Jonesboro High School, around 1890 – the front portion was built around 1845 and the back part of the building was added in 1885. The building was torn down in 1925.
The “Manumission Intelligencer” and “The Emancipator” building, located on Main Street in Jonesborough. These two newspapers were the first abolition publications in America and were published in this building by Elihu Embree, beginning in 1819.
The Iron Blast Furnace after it was destroyed in a flood, May 1901.
The Iron Blast Furnace in the Embreeville area was built in the early 1800’s and was destroyed in the “great flood” of May 1901.
The Boone Tree – Daniel Boone carved, “D. Boon CillED A. BAr on tree in the YEAR 1760.” In 1920, the tree came down during a storm. In 1924, the D.A.R. erected a monument on the site. The gentleman in the photo is John Allison.
Main Street, Jonesborough, following the “Great Blizzard” of 1886.
Nolichucky River ferry, unidentified gentleman
Looking east on Main Street, Jonesborough, circa 1890. On the right is the Methodist Church, built in 1845 and Sisters Row, built around 1820 by Samuel Jackson.
Unidentified gentleman, unidentified location. If you can identify him, please contact the archives office.
Washington County Courthouse, built in 1842. This photo is undated but was taken prior to 1910.
Eastern Star Church, undated photo
The Gillespie Stone House was built in 1792 for George Gillespie. An early fort originally stood on the site. The house has been preserved by descendants of Jacob Klepper.
Laying the cornerstone for the new courthouse, August 15, 1912.
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