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Chester Inn tours Gear up for 2020

The Chester Inn is gearing up for another season of welcoming the public through its doors. (Photo Contributed)

From STAFF REPORTS

The Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum will open for its 2020 season on Sunday, March 1, at 1 p.m. This season, the Museum will offer new exhibits with various, interactive components, tours of the upstairs rooms, and multiple programs in the Inn and next door at the Christopher Taylor House. History Happy Hour will return to the Museum in March with all new presenters and topics. In March and April, the Museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday through Saturday and Monday and from 1 to 5  p.m. on Sunday. The Museum will switch to its summer hours on May 1.

The Chester Inn Museum is also the meeting point for the Town Tours! The Main Street Strolling Tour will be offered at 1 p.m. on Saturdays from March through December. Tickets are only $5 per person. The Jonesborough Mythbusting Tour, where guests get the chance to be history detectives, will be offered the second Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. The popular summer evening tours will return in June at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays. There’s never a bad time of day to tour Tennessee’s Oldest Town. 

No tour season would be complete without the Old Jonesborough Cemetery Tour. The Cemetery Tour will return on May 2 and will be available at 2:30 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month through October 3. Tickets for the Cemetery Tour are $3. Combo ticket options are available. All tour tickets are available at the Chester Inn Museum.

The Heritage Alliance relies on an amazing group of volunteers to help docent the Chester Inn Museum and lead town tours. If you are interested in welcoming visitors at the Museum or leading a Town Tour, the Alliance could use your help. Volunteer docents and tour guides have the wonderful opportunity to experience Jonesborough’s history and share it with others. 

Time commitment is minimal and flexible. Please contact the Heritage Alliance at (423) 753-9580 or at [email protected] for more information.

The Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission. 

Tour dates and museum hours are seasonal, so make sure you visit www.heritageall.org, or like the Heritage Alliance or Chester Inn Museum on Facebook to stay up to date with the full calendar. For more information, please contact the Heritage Alliance at (423) 753-9580, or the Chester Inn Museum at (423) 753-4580.