Historic Photographs

First National Bank
The First National Bank of Jonesborough was built in 1915 and was later known
as 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.

Washington County Courthouse.jpgWashington County Courthouse, built in 1842.  This
photo is undated, but was taken prior to 1910.

Boone Tree 2The Boone Tree – Daniel Boone carved, “D. Boon CillED A. BAr on tree in the YEAR 1760.” In 1920, the tree came down in a storm and the lumber was harvested and used in the newly built Jonesborough courthouse.  A number of gavels were made and given to local judges.  In 1924 the Daughters of the American Revolution erected a monument on the site where the tree once stood.  A letter was found in the archives that identified the gentleman in this photograph as John Allison.

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Undated, unknown gentleman.
If you can identify him, please contact the archives.

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Jonesboro High School – The front portion was built about 1845 and
the back of the building was added about 1885.  The building was torn
down in 1925.  This photo was taken around 1890.

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Unknown area.  Undated.

Byrd Brown house 1The Byrd Brown house, located on Taylor Bridge Road near the
Nolichucky River.  Undated photo is an image of the large home in
its “glory days.”

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The Manumission Intelligencer and The Emancipator building, located on Main Street.
These two newspapers were the first abolition publications in America and were published in this building, by Elihu Embree beginning in 1819.  Photo undated, unidentified individuals.

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Iron Blast Furnace, Embreeville
Built in the early 1800’s, iron produced in the furnace was used by the Confederacy during the Civil War.  It was destroyed in the “great flood” of May 1901.

HEmbreeville Iron Furnace, after it was destroyed by the flood in May, 1901.
Undated, unidentified man.

laying the cornerstone of 1912 courthouse crop
Laying the cornerstone for the new courthouse – August 15, 1912.

DThe grave of Elizabeth Dunkin [Duncan].  Undated.

GThe grave of Jesse Dunkin [Duncan].  Undated.

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Embreeville iron blast furnace on right.  Photo taken prior to 1910.

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Main Street, Jonesborough.  December 1886

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Main Street, Jonesborough
On the right is the Methodist Church, built in 1845 and the Sisters Row built about
1820 by Samuel Jackson as a home for his three daughters.  Photo taken circa 1890.

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Boones Creek Waterfalls
The falls at Boones Creek under which Daniel Boone is said to
have hidden from hostile Indians.  Undated photo.

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Prohibition election at the courthouse in Jonesborough, 1887

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N. T. Jackson residence
Undated photo of the residence on the hill south of Jonesborough.  The
home was built prior to 1850 by a brother of General A. E. Jackson.

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