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The Butler Museum

Learn how and why Watauga Lake was formed and how the citizens of "Old Butler" Tennessee were changed forever. . . .

A Kayaker's View

See Watauga Lake up-close from a Kayak

Watauga Lake Triathlon

Swim over 1,000 yards in a deep lake, race in your bike over 21 miles through the mountains, THEN... run 5 miles ...

Appalachian

The Appalachian Trail skirts Watauga Lake and crosses it at the Dam ...

Blue Hole Falls

Just a short drive from the lake, near Elizabethton, Blue Hole Falls is a beautiful set of waterfalls ...

Pioneer Landing

Learn more about the easternmost marina on Watauga Lake ...

Watauga Dam

The dam that creates Watauga Lake ...

Jonesborough TN

Home of the International Storytelling Festival ...

Iron Mountain Inn

See this beautiful lodge with breathtaking views ...

Rat Branch Boat Ramp

This is the westernmost boat ramp on the lake ...

Watauga Point

This beautiful park is great for picnics, boating and swimming ...

The Carter Mansion

Where Tennessee history started. Learn about the Carter family ...

Doe River Gorge

See the beautiful gorge and ride the rails where the Tweetsie Train traveled ...

Gray Fossil Site

A spectacular fossil site discovered not long ago ...

Colonel Roderick Butler

Learn about the man for whom the town of Butler was named ...

Sugar Hollow Retreat

See this spectacular mountain retreat ...

Fish Springs Marina

This beautifully situated marina offers many services to lake boaters ...

Historic Washington County Courthouse in
Jonesborough Tennessee


Washington County Courthouse in Jonesborough Tennessee near Watauga Lake Tennessee Email this page to someone
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February, 2008

In front of the Washington County Courthouse is a marker which states:

Washington District 1776

The First Governmental Division ever named in honor of George Washington.

Washington County 1777

Jonesbourough established by N.C. Act of 1779. Laid out 1780

Capital of the State of Franklin 1784-1785

Judicial Capital Washington District; Territory South of the Ohio River
1790-1796

Washington County Courthouse in Jonesborough Tennessee near Watauga Lake Tennessee

That is quite a history for one town and courthouse. One day after the signing of the Declaration of Independence leaders from the Watauga Association requested permission from North Carolina to form their own district. Washington County was formed one year later

Jonesborough was selected as the county court's permanent location because it was between the settlements along the Watauga River and the settlements along the Nolichucky River.

The first courthouse, a log structure, was built in 1779. The current courthouse was built in 1913.

Washington County Courthouse in Jonesborough Tennessee near Watauga Lake Tennessee Washington County Courthouse in Jonesborough Tennessee near Watauga Lake Tennessee           

A tree in Jonesborough Tennssee near Boone North Carolina

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