Self-Guided Strolling Tour
The Strolling Tour is designed for a gentle walk through the historic district of Tennessee’s oldest town. Enjoy the historic architecture, rich history, colorful shops, and interesting people along your way. Buildings date from the late 1700’s to the late 1800’s. They include homes, businesses, churches, and inns.
Pickup your Strolling Tour Guide at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center and you may begin your stroll along Jonesborough’s charming streets as you view 40 historical points of interest.
Strolling Tour Highlights:
– This charming old inn, built during the late 1790’s, has housed presidents Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson.
Christopher Taylor House
– Before becoming president, Andrew Jackson stayed in this two-story log house. The house was originally built about 1778 in a field in Jonesborough, then moved to Main Street as a keystone of the preservation effort.
Jonesborough Presbyterian Church
– This Greek-Revival structure was built during the 1840’s and still contains the original pulpit, pews, and slave gallery.
May-Dishner House – This location was where copies of America’s first periodical solely devoted to the abolition of slavery, The Emancipator, were printed.
Sister’s Row – Samuel D. Jackson built this brick house in 1820 containing three units, purportedly for his three daughters.
Old Mitchell House-Historic Eureka Inn – This structure was originally built as a residence in 1797. One hundred years later it was enlarged and converted into the Eureka Hotel. Today, the hotel has been totally restored to its glory days of 1900.
Mail Pouch Building – This structure was built about 1888 and is the only remaining saloon building in Jonesborough. Displayed on the side is a restored turn of the century Mail Pouch Tobacco sign.
Rees-Hawley House – Jonesborough’s oldest building was constructed of chestnut and dovetailed logs on a limestone foundation in 1793. It now serves as a Bed and Breakfast.
Salt House – Salt was rationed to area residents during the Civil War from this two-story salt house. This structure also served as a Masonic Lodge.
Old Jonesborough Cemetery – Established in 1803 as the "public burying ground," the Old Jonesborough Cemetery has undergone several transformations and is the resting place of several, notable Jonesborough residents, including Dr. Samuel Cunningham, who helped bring the railroad to town and Thomas Emmerson, the first Mayor of Knoxville.