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‘Voices of the Chester’ will bring history to life

Submitted by Anne Mason • Jun 13, 2019 at 4:30 PM

You’ve heard it said, “if these walls could talk…”

Most of the time, one can only imagine what they might say. But, this weekend in Historic Jonesborough, a new play will bring the “Voices of the Chester” to life.

Local residents have the opportunity to hear stories from the oldest commercial building in Tennessee’s oldest town as the play tells the stories of the people who once worked and stayed there, from past owners, to politicians, salesmen, enslaved workers, and bound children.

“Voices of the Chester” is an intimate performance experience that will take guests on a journey through the historic building’s long past. Performances will take place at 7 p.m., June 14, and at 1, 3, 6 and 8 p.m., June 15. However, because of the intimate nature of the show, only 20 tickets will be available for each show.

During the show, audience members will travel throughout the Inn, up and down stairs and into the restored rooms on the second and third floors. Along the way, they’ll encounter more than 10 stories from the Inn’s rich history.

A special performance of “Voices of the Chester” will be offered at the International Storytelling Center at 1 p.m., June 16. During this Sunday matinee, the stories of the Chester Inn will come to life onstage at the Krispy Kreme Theatre which seats 95 people and is handicap accessible.

Tickets for all performances are $8 each. To purchase tickets, call the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center at (423) 753-1010 or buy online at jonesborough.com/tickets.

The Chester Inn is a Tennessee Historical Commission state-owned historic site. The project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission.

The Heritage Alliance is dedicated to the preservation of the architectural, historical and cultural heritage of our region and to providing educational experiences related to history and heritage for a wide range of audiences.

To learn more, call the Heritage Alliance office at (423) 753-9580 or the Chester Inn Museum at (423) 753-4580. Additional information about the Heritage Alliance can be found online at www.heritageall.org. You can also follow the Chester Inn and Heritage Alliance on Facebook.

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