A side by side comparison of Main Street in Jonesborough. The photo on the
left was taken around 1890. The photo on the right was taken in October 2017.
Click on any of the images below to enlarge and learn more about the photo.
Jonesborough at dusk from the balcony of the Storytelling Center.
Historic Chester Inn at dusk.
The Washington County Courthouse on a snowy March morning. Photo by Pennie Clark.
Academy Hill. In 1852, the Jonesborough Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows owned the property and operated a female high school and college on this site. This building was the Jonesborough High School from 1926 through 1971. It is now condominiums.
The Dosser – Moore House, built by James H. Dosser in 1877.
The Banking and Trust Company, built in 1886, now private offices and a second floor apartment.
Daniel Boone Trail Marker, on the Washington County Courthouse grounds.
Built by John W. Simpson around 1843, this was originally called the “John Simpson Hotel.” In 1853, Simpson advertised that he had a buggy for sale and asked interested persons to call on him at the “mansion House.” The building is still more commonly known as the “Mansion House.”
The John Green house, built in 1825
The Rhea – Hoss House was built in 1857 by Dr. Thomas Rhea. Late in 1865, Dr. Rhea moved his family to Kentucky and the home was sold to another physician, Dr. Henry Hoss.
Central Christian Church, built in 1881.
The Brownlow House was built in 1879 by Walter P. Brownlow, who owned the Jonesborough “Herald and Tribune”. He was a postmaster and was elected U. S. Congressman in 1897.
William E. May built this home in 1904. The property was the site where the first abolitionist publications were printed in 1819 – 1820 by Elihu Embree.
Located on College Street in Jonesborough, this house was built in 1820 and later served as the home of the Jonesborough Female Academy. The building is now a private residence.
The old Jonesborough Cemetery, also known as “Rocky Hill.”
The Washington County Courthouse. The back portion of the building once housed the jail. It has now been renovated and is the “Archives Annex,” an area used to house county records.
A. B. Cummings store is now more widely known as “the Mail Pouch building.” It was originally painted between 1892 – 1897 and was repainted in 1994.
The Washington County Public Library, located on Sabin Drive in Jonesborough.
Veterans Memorial at the Jonesborough Visitors Center
The Murphy – Sherfey home
The Samuel B. Cunningham residence, located on the south side of West Main, was built circa 1840.
Main Street looking east towards the Baptist Church
Built in 1854, by the Holston Association of Baptist Churches, this building housed the Holston Baptist Female Institute, Tadlock’s School for Boys and the Holston Male Institute. In 1876, Yardley Warner purchased the building and established Warner Institute to educate “colored persons and train colored teachers.”
Sister’s Row, built in 1821 by Samuel Jackson as homes for his three daughters.
The International Storytelling Center is located on Main Street and was dedicated in 2004.
Main Street, looking east toward the courthouse
Upping block, used to get in and out of a stagecoach can be seen outside 119 East Main Street. This building was once a general store operated by W. E. May.
Jacob Naff purchased this lot in 1836 and built this house located on Main Street.
The Oak Hill School was built in 1886 in the Knob Creek community. It was moved to Jonesborough and now sits behind the Heritage Alliance and the Visitors Center.
The Shanks Oak is said to be “Jonesborough’s oldest resident,” and is estimated to be between 500 and 800 years old.
The Eureka Inn, built before 1821 by Robert Mitchell.
The Jonesborough Visitors Center, located on Boone Street.
The cabin that sits next to the Chester Inn was built by Revolutionary War soldier, Christopher Taylor around 1778. Originally located about a mile southwest of Jonesborough, it is one of the oldest buildings in Washington County. It was moved to the present site in 1974.
Known as the Gammon – Hoss house, this home was built around 1848. William Gammon owned the property before selling it to John M. Hoss in 1863.
The Duncan House is now home to the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, located on Sabin Drive in Jonesborough. It is believed that John Naff built this home in the 1840’s. It was sold to Robert Mitchell Duncan in 1904.
The Washington District marker, located on the courthouse grounds was erected in 1930 for the Jonesborough Sesquicennial.
The Salt House was built in 1840 by businessman William Crouch. It was first used as a general store and wholesale grocery warehouse until the Civil War when it was used for storing salt.
The First Baptist Church in Jonesborough was built in 1852. The church was founded in 1842. William Cate was the first minister of this church.
The Reeves – Hankin house on College Street was built in 1877 by James H. Dosser.
Jonesborough United Methodist Church was organized in 1822 and work began on the building in 1845.
Febuary Hill was built in 1832 by John Blair, congressman. It gets its name from Dr. W. S. Febuary, not the month of February.
Looking west on Main Street, the Baptist Church is on the right and the courthouse clock tower can be seen on the left.
The Jonesborough Presbyterian Church as founded in 1790. The present building was constructed on this site in 1847.
Jonesborough was a major stop on the Great Stage Road, which ran between Washington, D. C. and Memphis.
This building, now known as the “Lollipop Shop,” was built in 1905 by the Rhea Lodge # 47, Free and Accepted Masons.
Back to the Photo Gallery