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August Genealogy Day

The Jonesborough Genealogical Society will have a Genealogy Day on Saturday, August 26th at 9:30 am at the Washington County- Jonesborough Library, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough. Anyone is welcome to come help with projects, conduct research, or ask for help. We look forward to seeing our members and community members!

Genealogy Help Night

Genealogy Help Night

August 10, 2017

Washington County Library, 200 E Sabine Dr, Jonesborough, TN 37659, USA

The Jonesborough Genealogical Society will host a Genealogy Help Night on Thursday August 10, 2017, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Washington County Tennessee Public Library, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough, TN.

Coming this Fall…Tour of Historic Washington County: 4th edition

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The fourth Tour of Historic Washington County, Tennessee is scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 8 am to 4 pm. Please, mark your calendars for a fun event exploring Washington County’s beauty!  Cost will be $50 for JGS members and $55 for community members. Lunch will be provided as well as a tour booklet that will help you learn along the tour! Three stops are planned, which include Keefauver House (Keeland Dairy), the 1939 Harmony School, and Providence Presbyterian Church (PCA) and Cemetery. Registration is now open. Please download and print the tour packet and fill out the forms and return to the JGS with the payment for your tickets! Seats are limited!

Registration Packet:Tour of Historic Washington County, Tennessee Registration Packet

July Genealogy Help Night

Genealogy Help Night is back, this Thursday, July 13th at 6 pm at the Washington County-Jonesborough Library, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough. Get out of the hot sun and discover your family’s story!

JGS to Visit the “Mother of Tennessee Schools”


Salem Presbyterian Church was built in 1894 in the Richardsonian Romanesque style designed by nationally recognized architect, A. Page Brown, and funded in part by Mrs. Nettie Fowler McCormick. Photo by Chad Fred Bailey.

On Saturday, July 29, 2017, the Jonesborough Genealogical Society will visit Washington College Academy, 116 Doak Lane, Limestone, TN. This historic visit will begin at 9:30 am in Harris Hall, constructed between 1842 and 1846 and oldest building on the college campus, which was damaged during the Civil War when troops from both sides alternately occupied it for barracks and restored from 1866 to 1878, where the Jonesborough Genealogical Society’s Board of Directors will convene in a short business meeting.


Construction on Harris Hall began in 1842, but was not finished until 1846 when slaves completed the interior plastering. Harris Hall is the oldest building on the campus. Photo by Chad Fred Bailey. 

At 10 am, members of the Washington College Board of Directors will provide a guide tour of the historic campus, which dates to 1780, when the Rev. Samuel Doak opened Martin’s Academy, named for the governor of North Carolina. Martin’s Academy was the first institution of higher education west of the Appalachian Mountains. In 1795, the school name changed to Washington College, which has remained its name ever since. After the guide tour, the Jonesborough Genealogical Society will host a picnic on the grounds to those in attendance. The JGS asks that those who wish to attend RSVP by email or by phone (423) 791-8295 by July 20th, so we can have a count for the tour and picnic.


The Guest House or Foster House is believed to have been used as one-room school prior to 1920. Photo by Chad Fred Bailey. 

            Today, the campus is listed as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places with many of the buildings listed as contributing to historical or cultural significance. One such building, the Guest House, is referred to as “The Little White House” in school documents. This building is believed to have been a one-room school prior to 1920 when grades four and five met in the building. The building was used from 1948 to the early 1960s as a house for Mr. Art Foster, vocational agricultural teacher, and his wife. By the 1980s, it was used as the Beta House. Another place of significance is the Old Salem Cemetery, which dates to 1780, and contains approximately 700 burials, of which approximately 500 are marked. The grave of the Rev. Samuel Doak and his two wives are buried in this cemetery. In addition, bricks in the cemetery, near the grave of Samuel Wallace Depue’s grave, mark the spot of Martin’s Academy.

Knob Creek Museum opens for Summer

Good Morning all,

This morning Jonesborough Genealogical Society members George and Margaret Sherfey Holley were on the front page of the Johnson City Press. Their museum, which will be 31 years old this year, opens for the summer. If you have not seen the Pioneer Homestead and Knob Creek Museum, you need to go visit these great community museum.

Please take a stroll through this lovely article…

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Mildred S. Kozsuch


The Jonesborough Genealogical Society extends our deepest sympathies to the family of Mildred S. Kozsuch who passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017.


Mildred served the JGS in many compacities including being a founder and 1st Vice President. She also served as County Historian for many years as well as supporter and activist in the fight to bring the Washington County Archives to fruition. She was also an author, genealogist, librarian, archivist, historian, and most of all a friend to many.


For more information on the service for Mildred please visit