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Chapter to recognize Jonesborough’s historic buildings

Jonesborough’s Daughters of the American Revolution State of Franklin Chapter recently completed an extensive two-year project including an architectural survey of individual properties in Tennessee’s Oldest Town.
On Friday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m., the Chapter will recognize the homes and properties identified as contributing to the heritage of Jonesborough and eligible for the National Register of Historic Homes during a public reception at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center. 
Partners, individual volunteers and those providing financial assistance will also be recognized. The event is free of charge and open to the public.
The historic designation is an informal award and does not affect the homeowner’s ability to direct the use of or alter the property, and no zoning restrictions apply.
According to chapter members, initial scope of the survey was to first identify all properties built prior to 1960. It soon became evident, they said, that all properties would have to be considered in order to make that determination, leaving the group to complete an architectural survey for all properties.
The group’s extensive documentation will allow for future nominations to be more easily made when these properties obtain the necessary age to be included.
 The survey includes information on each property, aerial photographs, real estate assessment data, tax records and interviews with historians. It was completed with assistance from various partners in Jonesborough, Johnson City and Washington County.
 The State of Franklin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution consists of 23 members and was first organized in 1929 by Cora Kennedy Whitlock, who had been a member of the John Sevier Chapter in Johnson City.  There were initially 23 charter members, all of whom were descendants of the pioneers who led in the development of the East Tennessee area. The Chapter has established the Chester Inn Marker, the Jacob Brown Marker, the Boone Trail Marker and the Davy Crockett Birthplace Marker. Over the years, the State of Franklin Chapter’s identification and preservation of historic sites in Jonesborough encouraged historic awareness in the area and led to the establishment of Jonesborough as the first historical district of Tennessee in 1970. 
 The completed project including survey, recommendations for the National Register eligibility, maps discussion and oral history were downloaded to archival disks. The disks have an expected life of 300 years. Completed reports were made available to the State of Tennessee, historical societies, libraries, universities and the Town of Jonesborough.
 For additional information on the State of Franklin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, contact Virginia Diehl Maden at 423-753-3649 or [email protected]