Pioneer Spirit

The Johnson City tri-cities area of north eastern Tennessee has always been conducive to discovery. From its origin as the first territorial capital in the United States to being the capital of the little-known 14th state, Johnson City/Jonesborough's roots run deep as a haven for pioneers and innovators of all kinds. Hear the story of the birth of an entire musical genre, as well as one of the oldest fossil discoveries of all time.

B. Carroll Reece Museum


An art and history museum with permanent exhibits on regional history, the pioneer settlement of the region, and antique musical instruments unique to the region, the Reece Museum includes changing exhibits featuring the best in fine crafts and regional art of varied media.

Jonesborough Historic District


Following a multi-million dollar restoration in 1969, Tennessee's oldest town became the first to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Jonesborough uniquely blends historic sites, distinctive architecture, specialty shops and quaint restaurants.

Special Events:

  • National Tartan Day (April)
  • Northeast Tennessee Heritage Symposium (April)
  • Music on the Square (Begins May)
  • Donald Davis Storytelling Concert (May)
  • Garden Gala (May)
  • Storytelling Live! (Begins May)
  • Magnolia Ball
  • Historic Jonesborough Days (July)
  • Quiltfest (July)
  • Labor Day Concert in the Park (September)
  • National Storytelling Festival (October)
  • Holiday Tour of Homes (December)
  • Progressive Dinner Tour of Homes (December)

Jonesborough Historic Museum


Discover the story of Jonesborough and Washington County through the artifacts, maps and history of more than 200 years. See a hand-powered water pump, a remnant of one of the first log courthouses, minie balls from a Civil War skirmish and many other mementos.

Rocky Mount Living Museum


Rocky Mount is a four-season living history attraction with daily interpretations of pioneer life in 1791. Vividly dressed interpreters entertain and educate visitors on early pioneer life in the eastern U.S.

Special Events:

  • Wooly Day (April)
  • Summer Apprentice Day Camp (June-July)
  • Graveyard Tales (July)
  • Raid on the Watauga (July)
  • Spirit of the Harvest (October)
  • 1791 Candlelight Tours (December)

Tipton Haynes Historic Site


This historic 18th century home was built by John Tipton, a member of the 1776 Constitutional Convention. The home has been restored to the style when it was the home of Landon Carter Haynes, a Confederate Senator. The grounds also include a museum, a gift shop, a limestone cave, nature trails and an herb garden.

Special Events:

  • Wildflower Walk (April)
  • Annual "Summers Past History Program" (June-July)
  • Sorghum Making (September)
  • Stories from the Pumpkin Patch (October)
  • Visions of Christmas: 1862 (December)

Things to Do

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