I plan to drive three and a half hours to spend a Sunday afternoon at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre watching Miracle Worker. I plan to drive the three - and - a - half-hour to Jonesboro, Tennessee, where I will spend my Sunday afternoons with my wife and two young children, ages 7 and 8, at the Jonesburgh Reperory Theater to watch "Miracle Worker." Jonestown, a town in northeastern North Carolina, is named after Willie Jones, the North Carolina lawmaker who influenced the expansion into the Appalachians. The city was named in honor of William Jones, who wanted to expand North Carolina further west through the Appalachians, and it is the birthplace of Dr. William H. "Bill" Jones (1811-1884), the first governor of Tennessee.
During the Civil War, Jonesborough and a county in northeastern Tennessee voted to remain in the Union, but the people of Franklin received no recognition from Congress. The area fell back to North Carolina for a few years before finally becoming the new state of Tennessee in 1796. Since then, it has become the "Franklin State," which Congress has never recognized as an actual state.
The city was renamed Jonesboro for a time and then renamed Jonesborough again. Later it was called "Jonesboro" and changed the original spelling back, but then it was renamed again, and then again and again.
Christopher Taylor's house, where Jackson lived, has been restored and is part of Historic Main Street. There is a theatre that will stage Jonesborough's stories past and present with nationally renowned playwright Jules Corriere at the Jonesboro Theatre.
The festival began in Jonesborough in 1996 and has attracted people from all over the world for more than 35 years. The festival is based on the rich history of the Wide Storytellers Storytelling Festival in North Carolina, a cultural tradition of the Appalachians. The festival moved to Sycamore Mountain State Park, where it was held for the first time in its 35-year history, but has since moved back.
Jonesborough attracts countless tourists every year for its famous open-air monument days, which celebrate the history of the city and the area. Visitors to the festival can get a glimpse of what life might have been like in Tennessee's oldest city in the 1940s when they pass by the Historic Eureka Inn and Repertory Theatre. The brick pavements with their quaint shops, inns and restaurants create a welcoming atmosphere in which history lives on at every corner.
This is a city that was once home to one of the largest and most diverse populations in the state of Tennessee, and is growing by leaps and bounds.
Jonesborough is the oldest city in Tennessee, and many of its buildings date back to the late 17th century, but its history goes back far. Jonesborough became the home of a newspaper edited by William G. Parson Brownlow in 1843 before moving to Elizabethton, Tennessee, where it was published for about two years. In 1845, the newspaper's owner, John Haynes, a Whig politician, left the newspaper business. Brownlows, who was later elected governor, moved the Whigs to Knoxville 1849 and Then to Jonesboro in 1850, where he edited his newspaper until his death in 1861 at the age of 72. After that it became a city with about 1,500 inhabitants, with a population of about 2,000, according to the census data.
Jonesborough was one of the few sleepy towns, but it grew to the extent that government representation was required.
North Carolina was reclaimed by Franklin in late 1788, but never recognized by Congress. In 1966, Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act, which greatly expanded the National Register of Historic Places and provided states with resources for conservation planning. After Halifax, National Transitional Council representative Willie Jones, guided the resolution through the legislative process, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a resolution in 1967 authorizing the construction of a courthouse between the two largest settlements in the Overmountain region.
By then, Jonesboro, with its rolling hills, rushing rivers and tree-encrusted plateaus, was officially part of the Union. It was tiny, but something happened that weekend that changed it forever. For more than 35 years, the festival has been attracting people from all over the world, building on the cultural traditions and stories of the Appalachians. The festival is inspired by the history and traditions of our nation's oldest and most important indigenous people.
Those of us who claim Celtic ancestry know more, and we cherish our heritage in the Appalachians. The desire to share a life with like-minded Celtic people through food, fun and a lively atmosphere is part of that, and so is the desire for the Celtic festival Sycamore Shoals.
In October 1973, the city hosted the first national storytelling festival, and the local tradition goes back to the time when the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts were directed at cocoon hunting. Enchanted, Smith hatched the idea for a storytelling festival in Jonesborough after being enchanted by the stories of his father, a local author and author of a book on Tennessee history. If you have a chance to attend a storytelling festival, I strongly recommend stopping by Mountain View Bulk Foods at the intersection of Main Street and Main Avenue in downtown and having fun while taking a break from the hustle and bustle of shopping, dining and behavior while enjoying all the fun and excitement of an annual festival at Sycamore Shoals, just a few miles south of Jonesboro.