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Celebration planned at Christopher Taylor House

The Christopher Taylor House was built in the 1700s and relocated to downtown Jonesborough in 1974.


At last week’s meeting of the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Mayor Chuck Vest designated Saturday, June 22, as Christopher Taylor House Day. And everyone is ready to celebrate.

The event, “Raise the Roof Celebration,” is set to begin at 6 p.m. and will not only provide the chance to revel in the historic building’s distinction, but also mark the recent addition of its new roof.

The log house is an important icon of Jonesborough’s historic preservation movement and is one of the few remaining examples of v-notch log house construction that was popular during the 1700s.

Christopher Taylor fought at the Battle of King’s Mountain during the Revolutionary War and was an important presence in early Washington County. His log house was open to travelers as they headed west. One of the boarders who reportedly spent time at the Taylor residence was a young lawyer by the name of Andrew Jackson. When the Town of Jonesborough moved the home to its current location in 1974, the building became a central piece of Main Street’s restoration.

This past year, the Heritage Alliance obtained a grant from the State of Franklin Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) to replace the building’s worn out roof with cedar shakes. This new roof allowed the doors to be reopened on the Christopher Taylor House, and the building is now being used for all sorts of activities, including weaving, storytelling, music, rug hooking, and more.

Join the Heritage Alliance, the Town of Jonesborough, and the State of Franklin Chapter of the NSDAR  for the evening event and ceremony on the Taylor House’s front lawn. The log house will also be open for tours. Parking is available around the Washington County Courthouse.

The Heritage Alliance is dedicated to the preservation of the architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of our region and to providing educational experiences related to history and heritage for a wide range of audiences.  For more information, please call our office at (423) 753-9580, or contact the organization via email at [email protected].