The Chester Inn
Jonesborough Tennessee Historic Inns
116 West Main Street
Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659
Tour Reservations: (423) 743-9255
|The Historic Chester Inn, built in 1797 by Dr. William P. Chester of Berlin, Pennsylvania, has earned a reputation as the first boarding house in eastern Tennessee. As the stage coach line developed, the inn was enlarged. The porch and front facade were rebuilt in 1883 in the Italianate style, and the structure has been continuously occupied as an inn, a hotel, the Jonesborough public library, and even an apartment building.|
Many famous people have stayed at the Historic Chester Inn, including United States Presidents Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson, and John Sevier, governor of the state of Franklin and Tennessee’s first governor. President Jackson held a reception for his friends on the porch of the inn during the summer of 1832, the year he was elected president for a second term.
In recent years the Chester Inn has undergone an extensive rehabilitation and houses a fascinating Historic Jonesborough History Museum on the lower level. In addition, the upper levels were once home to the International Storytelling Center offices headed by former Director and Founder Jimmy Neal. The association boasts a library of over 200 hours of audio and video recordings of storytelling material and every October hosts the annual Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, the first town to be chartered in Tennessee.
The Historic Chester Inn is a featured stop on Appalachian GhostWalks' "Haunted Historic Jonesborough GhostWalk" which departs from the Jonesborough Visitors Center. Reservations are required so call (423) 743-WALK (9255) for reservations by telephone, or RESERVE NOW ONLINE. You'll have a simply SPOOK-tacular good time!!!
Click Here to visit the Jonesborough Heritage Alliance website offering further history about the Historic Chester Inn.
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