What attracts so many to Jonesborough, Tennessee?
Nestled in the northeast corner of Tennessee, amid the grandeur of the Appalachian Mountains,
lies the historic town of Jonesborough.  Known as the Storytelling Capital of the World,
Jonesborough, the first town in Tennessee to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places,
retains that small town aura from long ago that so many today want to experience.  

The Town of Jonesborough along with the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee & Southwest
Virginia and everyday people who live and work here are dedicated to preserving Jonesborough’s
heritage.  All one has to do is look around at the revitalization projects and read about the master
plan to maintain its historical authenticity.

People travel here for a variety of reasons – to stroll along the streets, meander through the
specialty shops, savor a leisurely meal in a unique setting, relax on one of the Main Street
benches, attend the theatre, enjoy one of the numerous town events, a conference or………
get married!

Becoming more and more a destination, Jonesborough has that “something” that few other
locations offer.  

What is this special “something?”
Historic charm, romance and southern hospitality are words often used to describe Tennessee’s
oldest town. While these qualities are appealing, Jonesborough stands out because, upon arrival
you simply park your car and enjoy.  

What is so unusual about that?
It is rare to find such a variety of wedding, reception and special event facilities, historical
lodgings, restaurants, specialty and antique shops, theatres, historic sites, studios, walking and
biking trails, parks, musical and storytelling happenings, dancing, and everywhere endless photo
opportunities.  There is even a micro brewery, historical repository and Saturday farmer’s market
with live musical entertainment.  All are within walking distance of each other!

Tell me more about the venues and lodgings.
A multitude of special event and wedding location possibilities, both inside and outside, for large
or small numbers of guests, exists in Jonesborough.  They range from historic venues like the
intimate elegance of The Parson’s Table Special Events Facility, offering a delectable, mouth-
watering full catering menu to modern meeting rooms to outdoor locations like Mill Spring Park
Gazebo or the garden of one of the historic bed and breakfasts or inn

Picture yourself on your wedding day arriving at your ceremony or reception in Jonesborough’s
resident white horse-drawn carriage, then afterwards you and your beloved being whisked away!  
Many of the lodgings offer honeymoon suites.

Speaking of lodgings, what a treat for your guests to stay in one of the ten historical bed and
breakfasts or inn.  For those requiring more traditional accommodations, there is a newly built inn
available.  All are different; all tell a story of their own.

Tell me more about what is there to do.
There are numerous things to do.  The entertainment side of Jonesborough is endless.  Home of
the International Storytelling Center, storytelling and the arts spill over into the entire town –
Jonesborough Repertory Theatre, Storytelling Theatre, Music on the Square, Contra dancing,
weekly musical concerts and storytelling guild at the local coffee house, walking tours, the list is
never-ending.  What wonderful experiences to share with your family and friends.

During the day, have a leisurely luncheon or dinner at one of Jonesborough’s cafes.  Enjoy
delectable desserts at the chocolatier shop, bakery or ice cream parlor.  At night be sure to make
reservations to dine at Jonesborough’s premier fine dining restaurant.  Experience true personal
service while enjoying unique atmospheres.  These are not cookie cutter restaurants.

Annual events include the May Garden Gala, July Jonesborough Days, October Fine Arts in the
Park, December Heritage Alliance Progressive Dinner, historic house tours and quilting exhibits.
The list goes on and on.

Tell me more about storytellers and the Storytelling Capital of the World.
What do most people think of when they hear the word storytelling? – Family stories, folk tales,
tall tales, handing down traditions from generation to generation, a good lie?  Storytellers are the
ultimate in entertainment.  The good ones have a unique talent.  Making a special connection with
the listeners, they hold them spellbound.  The listeners are so engrossed they are oblivious to all
but the story unfolding in their mind’s eye.   

The Storytelling Capital of the World was earned for a reason.  The first National Storytelling
Festival began over 30 years ago and today Jonesborough is known as a storytelling Mecca.  
One of the main goals of Jonesborough's International Storytelling Center is to promote and
preserve this oral tradition of storytelling.  The best of the best storytellers are featured in
Jonesborough.  The first weekend every October, during the National Storytelling Festival,
Jonesborough swells to some 10,000 people!  The best kept secret is The Storytellers in
Residence program which runs May through October, Tuesday through Saturday, reasonably
priced, for all ages.  Everyone needs to experience this at least once in their lifetime.  The
problem is, once you come, you are hooked!

Tell me about the photo opportunities.
Locations for photo opportunities abound.  One is hard pressed to decide where and how many.  
Jonesborough, whose oldest structure dates from the 1700s, is rich in historical buildings
reflecting many architectural styles – Victorian, Italianate, Gothic revival, federal, Greek revival
and log structures.  One of the most popular spots is along the railroad tracks by The Parson’s
Table.  Other favorites include the Chester Inn, Little Limestone Creek, Salt House, Christopher
Taylor log cabin, plus numerous formal and informal gardens, brick and stone walls and
decorative fences and gates.

What are you planning?
When planning any type of event whether a special occasion or professional event, casual or
formal, intimate or grand, unique or traditional, inside or outside settings, Jonesborough has what
you need.  Make Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee  and
The Parson's Table your destination.

                                     The Parson's Table

                 "Where memories are made."

Copyright, Susan Chikar
Susan & Michael Chikar
102 W. Woodrow Ave.
Jonesborough, TN 37659
Call to discuss your
plans or schedule an
appointment to visit.
Susan & Michael Chikar
102 W. Woodrow Ave.
Jonesborough, TN 37659
Call to discuss your
plans or schedule an
appointment to visit.
The Parson's Table

Special Events Facility