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Renovation work completed at Jonesborough historic site

Chester Inn

The Tennessee Historic Commission recently completed a $710,000 historic rehabilitation project at the Chester Inn State Historic Site in Jonesborough, a multi-year effort designed to preserve one of the most historic buildings in Tennessee’s oldest town. Dating back to 1797, the frontier inn hosted all three of Tennessee’s U.S. presidents as well as numerous other dignitaries until it was converted into an apartment building in the late 1940s. The site was acquired by the state in 1989 and restored to its 1880s appearance. Presently, the museum provides exhibits about the state of Franklin, the history of Jonesborough, the history of the inn and its role in Tennessee's frontier, and more.