Annual Heritage Fair

Washington County, TN Heritage Fair

Friday, September 3rd and Saturday, September 4th, 2021

Use the links below to electronically sign up for the event.

Note: The event schedule is listed further down this page.

The Jonesborough Genealogical Society, in partnership with many heritage organizations, and the Jonesborough Visitors Center and Emporium, will host the 2nd Annual Heritage Fair on Friday and Saturday, September 3rd and 4th, 2021.

This event’s purpose is to bring local heritage engagement to area youth as well as bring together all of the county’s heritage groups for one cause. This event has three distinct parts that when brought together will bring together a tremendous event.
  • First, heritage organizations and individuals with specific heritage topic interests will display exhibits on their area’s of local interest in the Auditorium at the Jonesborough Visitors Center. As COVID-19 cases rise, we request those entering the Jonesborough Visitors Center to wear a mask. Masks will be available at the registration table. 
  • Second, (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)! presenters will present heritage topics of interest via orated presentations at the International Storytelling Center Plaza (outside).  
  • Finally, a Living History Timeline will be display throughout the town of Jonesborough’s greenspaces and parks. 
Heritage Organizations interested in participating, please email us at [email protected].

 

Please view the following PDF documents to learn more: 

2021 Event Schedule:

Theme Location Time Subject
Presentation – Living History Camp Jimmy Neil Smith Storytelling Park Friday & Saturday, 9:00-9:45 Gordon Sisk, Rev. Samuel Doak
Presentation and Talks – Registration Required International Storytelling Center Plaza Friday, 10:00-10:45 Dr. Megan Cullen Tewell, History of Ashe Street Courthouse
Presentation and Talks – Registration Required International Storytelling Center Plaza Friday, 11:00-11:45 Sam Hyde, “Washington County and the Great War”
Presentation and Talks – Registration Required International Storytelling Center Plaza Friday, 12:00-12:45 Allen D. Jackson, “D-Day: Story of Homer L. Pease, James B. McKamey and a Surprise”
Presentation and Talks – Registration Required International Storytelling Center Plaza Friday, 1:00-1:45 Joy Branham, The Perfect 36: Tennessee’s Crucial Part in Securing Women’s Right to Vote
Presentation and Talks – Registration Required International Storytelling Center Plaza Friday, 2:00-2:45 Dr. Ron Roach, Tweetsie Trail and the Historic and Cultural Events Commemorated Along the Trail
Presentation and Talks – Registration Required Christopher Taylor House Lawn Friday, 3:00-3:45 Sabine Hill Social Society, Dance
Presentation and Talks – Registration Required International Storytelling Center Plaza Saturday, 9:00- 9:45 Dr. Brenda G’Fellers, Cholera Epidemic of 1873
Presentation and Talks – Registration Required International Storytelling Center Plaza

 Saturday, 10:00-10:45

 

Dr. Brenda G’Fellers, Children’s Author Rhea Wells  
Presentation and Talks – Registration Required Christopher Taylor House Lawn Saturday, 11:00- 11:45 Sabine Hill Social Society, Dance  
Presentation and Talks – Registration Required International Storytelling Center Plaza Saturday, 12:00- 12:45 Reagan Cornett, Geographical and Archaeological Investigation at David Crockett Birthplace State Park  
Presentation and Talks – Registration Required International Storytelling Center Plaza Saturday, 2:00 – 2:45  Dr. Patrick Stern, Embree House Farm
Presentation and Talks – Registration Required International Storytelling Center Plaza Saturday, 3:00 – 3:45 

William J. Frazier, Scottish Influences on the New World and East Tennessee

Living History Timeline Mill Springs Park & Other Locations in Jonesborough Friday and Saturday 9:00-4:00  Living History Timeline
Town Tours 

Chester Inn Museum

Old Jonesborough Cemetery

 

Friday 1:00, Saturday 1:00

Saturday 2:30

 

Main Street Town Tours provided by the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Cost is $5.00 per person. 

Old Jonesborough Cemetery Tour provided by the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Cost is $3.00 per person.

One-Room School Open Oak Hill School

Friday 9:00- 2:00

Saturday, 12:30 -4:30

 

School located at 212 E. Sabin Drive, Jonesborough, Free Admission

Book-Signing: Meet author Marsha Honeycutt Marcela and purchase her book Mr. Rigney, Rigney, and Me ( . . .or is it “I”) for only $10.00. All proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the George D. Rigney Memorial Scholarship Fund on Friday only.

Museums Open Washington County-Jonesborough History Museum Friday 8:00-5:00, Saturday 10:00- 5:00 Museum inside Jonesborough Visitors Center, Free Admission
Museums Open Chester Inn Museum and Historic Site Friday, 11:00-6:00, Saturday, 11:00- 6:00 Museum located at 116 W. Main Street, Jonesborough, Free Admission
Presentation – Living History Camp Jimmy Neil Smith Storytelling Park Friday, 2:00-3:00, Saturday, 10:00 – 11:00 Overmountain Victory Trail Association tells the story of the Overmountain Men

Partner Organizations: 

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society – East Tennessee Chapter

Archives of Appalachia

Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Boones Creek Historical Trust

Coalition for Historic Preservation and Reuse (CHPR)

East Tennessee Historical Society

East Tennessee History Center

East Tennessee State University Department of Appalachian Studies

Embree House and Farm

George L. Carter Railroad Museum

Herald and Tribune

Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia

Johnson City – Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration

Jonesborough Visitors Center

Kings Mountain Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution

Knob Creek Museum and Pioneer Homestead

LEAD,INC.

McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School

Mountain Home National Cemetery

Netherland Inn

Northeast Tennessee Museum Association

Overmountain Victory Trail Association

Rocky Mount State Historic Site

Sabine Hill Social Society

Scottish American Military Society

Spirit of the Wolf Native American Style Flutes

State of Franklin Chapter of the American Revolution

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

The Reece Museum

Thompson Woodcrafting

Tipton-Haynes Historic Site

Tom Roberts, Johnson City Postcards

Town of Jonesborough

Walk in their Boots

Washington College Alumni Association

Speakers:

Gordon Sisk, Rev. Samuel Doak

Dr. Megan Cullen Tewell, Project Coordinator of Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia

Allen D. Jackson, A Walk in Their Boots

Sam Hyde, A Walk in Their Boots

Joy Branham, Johnson City – Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration

Dr. Ron Roach, Chair, ETSU Dept. of Appalachian Studies

Dr. Brenda G’Fellers, Bristol Public Library

Reagan Cornett, Graduate Student, ETSU

Dr. H. Patrick Stern, Embree House and Farm

William J. Frazier, Scottish American Military Society

Demonstrators / Living Historians:

Mitzi Bailey- Cherokee Genealogy and Artifacts

Spirit of the Wolf Native American Style Flutes – James Hilton

Kings Mountain Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, Revolutionary War Weaponry

Gerald Mustin and Gary Love, Longhunters

Overmountain Victory Trail Association, Kings Mountain and the Overmountain Men

Gordon Sisk, Rev. Samuel Doak

Lisa Bennett, Mary Patton Story

Sabine Hill Social Society

Will Vogt, Blacksmithing

Scott Thompson, Woodcrafting

Walk in their Boots

Joy Braham, Women’s Suffrage

Cathy Broyles, Broyles Oak Rockers

Boones Creek Christian Church Quilters

Jan Turner, Weaving Loom inside Christopher Taylor House, Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia