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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Jonesborough, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Washington County, Tennessee and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Washington County, TN (93) Carter County, TN (57) Greene County, TN (88) Hawkins County, TN (34) Sullivan County, TN (116) Unicoi County, TN (8)  WashingtonCounty(93) Washington County (93)  CarterCounty(57) Carter County (57)  GreeneCounty(88) Greene County (88)  HawkinsCounty(34) Hawkins County (34)  SullivanCounty(116) Sullivan County (116)  UnicoiCounty(8) Unicoi County (8)
Jonesborough is the county seat for Washington County
Jonesborough is in Washington County
      Washington County (93)  
      Carter County (57)  
      Greene County (88)  
      Hawkins County (34)  
      Sullivan County (116)  
      Unicoi County (8)  
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1 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — 1A-85 — Alfred Eugene Jackson
Born January 1807, this native Tennessean became one of the area’s most successful businessmen, achieving prominence as a financial agent for the East Tenn. & Va. Railroad, which he helped to found. During the Civil War he was appointed a brigadier . . . Map (db m45456) HM
2 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — 1A 109 — Alfred Martin Ray Buffalo Soldiercirca 1849~1917
On July 1, 1898, Lt. Ray planted the United States flag on San Juan Hill, Cuba, amid a hail of enemy bullets during the Spanish-American War. For his heroic courage in action, Ray received a battlefield promotion. He served in the U.S. Army from . . . Map (db m83136) HM
3 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — Boone Trail Highway
Metal from Battleship Maine in Tablet • Daniel Boone •Map (db m192200) HM
4 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — Captain Christopher Taylor Home
This 1778 landmark was the home of Captain Christopher Taylor Revolutionary War officer and a State of Franklin leader Andrew Jackson Seventh President of the United States Boarded here in 1788 while practicing law in Jonesborough . . . Map (db m158251) HM
5 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — 1A 59 — Cherokee ChurchHolston Baptist Association — 0.1 mile —
This Baptist church was organized the first Saturday in September, 1783. Here, the fourth Saturday in October, 1786, Holston Association was organized with Tidence Lane moderator and William Murphy clerk. Seven churches were represented. This was . . . Map (db m81253) HM
6 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — 1A 90 — Chester Inn
Built in 1797 by Dr. William P. Chester of Lancaster, Pa., it has been continuously occupied as an Inn, a hotel and an apartment house. Among the guests here have been three presidents of the United States, Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk and Andrew . . . Map (db m22845) HM
7 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — 1A 6 — Christopher Taylor House
About one mile southwest of this location, this log house was built in 1777 by this officer who was a veteran of the French and Indian War and a major in the American Revolutionary War. He is buried in the family cemetery nearby. . . . Map (db m83137) HM
8 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — 1A 82 — First Abolition Publications
On this site, in 1819-1820, were published The Manumission Intelligencer and The Emancipator. Edited and published by Elihu Embree and printed by Jacob Howard, these were the first periodicals in the United States devoted exclusively . . . Map (db m22847) HM
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9 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — Jacob Brown1736-1785
Colonial and Revolutionary Service A native of South Carolina; Founder of Brown’s Settlement on Nolachucky River, 1771; Merchant, Gunsmith and Blacksmith to the Cherokee Indians; purchased from those Indians two boundaries of land-a . . . Map (db m83139) HM WM
10 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — 1A 25 — Jacob Brown
About one mile S.W., this pioneer from S.C. settled on Nolichucky River in 1771. Brown's purchase of 2 tracts of land from the Cherokee on March 25, 1775, was made beneath a great oak tree still standing nearby. His sandstone marker reads "Jacob . . . Map (db m121436) HM
11 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — 1A-81 — Jonesboro: Oldest Town in Tennessee Reported missing
Formally established in 1779, by the General Assembly of North Carolina, as county seat of Washington County, first county west of the mountains. In 1784, the State of Franklin was organized here, with Jonesboro as its first capital.Map (db m234534) HM
12 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — JonesboroughSesqui-Centennial Celebration 1930
Washington District 1776; the first governmental division ever named in honor of George Washington; Washington County 1777; Jonesborough established by N.C. Act of 1779 laid out 1780; Capital of State of Franklin 1784-1785; Judicial Capital . . . Map (db m83153) HM
13 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — Jonesborough Veterans Park
Jonesborough Veterans Park is dedicated to the men and women of Washington County who have served this nation’s military from the Revolutionary War to the present.Map (db m192757) WM
14 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — 1A 121 — Keystone Pottery
Eighty yards south. German immigrant Charles F. Decker opened the Keystone Pottery in 1872. Kitchen and household ware were produced in large quantities. The Decker family also crafted a variety of unique and beautifully decorated grave markers, . . . Map (db m83154) HM
15 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — May-Dishner House
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m192759) HM
16 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — 1A 79 — Old Dutch Meeting House
1¼ Mi. is the site of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and cemetery. Organized about 1807; reported in 1811 to the North Carolina Synod, and became charter member of Tennessee Synod in 1820. In its early years, services were held in both German and . . . Map (db m158201) HM
17 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — Plum Grove
Home of Gov. John Sevier Stood on hill 125 yds. N.W. Limestone from original chimneyMap (db m158200) HM
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18 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — 1A-87 — State Seal
One-quarter mile SW on the main street of Jonesboro stood the silversmith shop of William and Matthew Atkinson, designers of the Great Seal of the State of Tennessee. Although authorized by the Tennessee Constitution of 1796, the seal was first used . . . Map (db m45399) HM
19 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — 1A-139 — Sulphur Springs Camp Meeting Grounds — United Methodist Church Registered Historic Site No. 361 —
The Methodist church has conducted camp meetings here since 1820. Camp meetings are religious revivals at which participants eat and sleep on site. The first shed at Sulphur Springs Camp Meeting Grounds was erected in 1842. A new shed, 74 feet by 45 . . . Map (db m133754) HM
20 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — Sulphur Springs Campground
Original Site of the Sulphur Springs Camp Meeting c 1820 Land donated by Payne Squibb Original shed built about 1845 the Reverend William Milburn, Pastor Present shed built about 1900 from many of the old hand-hewn beams Dedicated to the Glory . . . Map (db m133756) HM
21 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — 1A 92 — Thomas Emmerson
Born in Brunswick County, Virginia, June 23, 1773. Moved to Knoxville in 1800 where he practiced law. First Mayor of Knoxville, judge on Superior Court and State Supreme Court. Charter member of Board of Trustees of East Tennessee College, now the . . . Map (db m22851) HM
22 Tennessee, Washington County, Jonesborough — 1A 28 — Warner Institute1876 - 1913
Built by the Holston Association of Baptist Churches in 1854, this building housed the Holston Baptist Female Institute, Tadlock's School for Boys (ca. 1866-67), and Holston Male Institute (1867-76) operated by Confederate Colonel Robert Dungan. In . . . Map (db m83155) HM
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Apr. 20, 2024