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        Jonesborough is the oldest town in Tennessee, established in 1779 by the General Assembly of North Carolina as county seat of Washington County, first county west of the mountains.  In 1784 the State of Franklin was organized here, with Jonesborough as its first capital.

        In 1775 the settlers on both the Watauga and Nolichucky Rivers purchased great acreages of land from the Cherokee Indians, comprising almost all the six upper counties of the present Tennessee (then within North Carolina).  Desiring their own government, these settlers petitioned the Provincial Council of North Carolina to be annexed as an official entity.  In 1777 the "County of Washington" was formed.

        The first meeting to decide the location of the new courthouse was at the home of Charles Robertson, and it was decided that John Carter, Andrew Greer, William Cobb, Jacob Womack, George Russell, John Sevier and James Stuart would lay out the plans and location of the new courthouse.

        One hundred acres was purchased from David Hughes and laid out into lots for the Town of Jonesborough, named after Willie Jones of Hallifax, North Carolina.  The lots were offered in lottery.

    Read more about the History of Jonesborough.


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Fascinating stories about life in 19th Century Jonesborough
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Unidentified Little Boy and Girl - c. 1910
Unidentified Girl, c.1910

The Nolichucky River
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The Foothills
Salem Church Cemetery

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sun USGenWeb Archives for Washington County
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sun 1860 Census Washington County - USGenWeb Census Project
sun Photographs of Some Tombstones - Old Jonesboro, Maplelawn & Old Harmony Cemeteries
sun New River Notes - SW Virginia, NC, and East Tennessee History
sun Historic Jonesborough Tourism Cooperative
sun History of The Lost State of Franklin
sun State of Franklin Petititon
sun East Tennessee in Vintage Postcards
sun 1909 Panoramic Photographs of Jonesborough- Library of Congress
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sun Washington County Genealogy Message Board - RootsWeb

sun Washington Co. Message Board - GenForum
sun Visiting Jonesborough?  Lodging, historic sites, and more!
sun Herald & Tribune Newspaper Online- Jonesborough
sun Johnson City Press Online
sun Johnson's Depot - History of Johnson City (great site!)

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