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Magazine pays tribute to Jonesborough

By SERINA MARSHALL

Staff Writer [email protected]

Founded in 1779, the Town of Jones- borough has always been a town of history and community. And, according to the January issue of Travel and Leisure Magazine, it is also a town that exhibits small town charm.

Skye Sherman of Travel and Leisure wrote an article showcasing the “Eight Most Charming Towns in Tennessee” and second on that list was our very own Jonesborough.

“Jonesborough is small in size, but big in appeal. There’s live music, great shopping, and more than 242 years of history here in Tennessee’s oldest town,” Sherman said. “Home to the International Storytelling Center, which hosts the National Storytelling Festival each October, Jonesborough is also considered the “Storytelling Capital of the World.”

Sherman goes on to boast of the music provided in town, as well as the local shops that line Main Street.

“Beyond storytelling, visitors can enjoy a free, live music series, called Music on the Square, every Friday night from May through September (or Brews & Tunes on Sunday afternoons), as well as shop wares from local and regional artisans at the annual Made Around Here Market. Christmas in Olde Jonesborough is another highlight,” she said.

The charm of Jonesborough isn’t only acknowledged by outsiders, but by those that walk its streets every day, like the officials who say they are honored that Jonesborough was seen by others as it is by its residents.

“Travel and Leisure Magazine’s recognition of Jonesborough is another testament that our town provides the ‘right blend’ of amenities for our visitors,” Jonesborough Vice-Mayor Adam Dickson said. “The mag- azine’s highlight of our many artistic events indicates that our ‘arts as economic development strategy’ reaps huge dividends.”

Jonesborough Mayor Chuck Vest agreed with the pride he feels for such a recognition.

“It’s always wonderful when our town
is complimented but this was more special because it complimented the shopping experience,” Vest said. “Our business owners, JAMSA and town government has worked years to create a sustainable retail synergy in our town and this article validated these efforts.”

Another feature of the town is how it stands as if almost frozen in time, and that is an aspect of charm that Sherman made note of.

“For a bit of time travel, visit the 1906 Chuckey Depot Museum, then take a carriage ride along the town’s well preserved Main Street, complete with historic buildings, antique stores, and charming little ice cream and candy shops,” she said.

Officials stressed that it isn’t just the architecture, but the people that make the charm of Jonesborough.

“Most importantly though is this charm and atmosphere wouldn’t exist without the community’s welcoming and friendly character toward visitors,” Vest said.