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International Storytelling Center

116 W Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659-1239
+1 800-952-8392
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Great place to visit and go for storytelling. Everyone in town and on staff was very helpful and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Milford, Indiana, USA
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Awesome venue and fascinating town! Would love to visit during the storytelling festival. Enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2017
Joelle C
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In our age of fast-moving technology, it seems unlikely that thousands of audience members could spend a weekend mesmerized by the voices of storytellers. But that's exactly what happens in Jonesborough every year, starting the first Friday in October and running through the weekend. The National Storytelling Festival began in 1973 when 60 people came to hear a few Appalachian tales from the back of a hay wagon parked beside the town courthouse. In the decades since, those 60 people have grown to 10,000, and the hay wagon has been replaced by large, circus-like tents raised throughout the town. Those first mountain tales are supplemented now with stories from around the globe, spiked with the flair of poetry, blues, ballads and banjo. The Festival encompasses a wealth of cultures, traditions and styles- a world of stories within one small, historic town.
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  • Poor1%
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116 W Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659-1239
+1 800-952-8392
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit and go for storytelling. Everyone in town and on staff was very helpful and friendly. Lots to see and do when the festival is going on. Just get there early if you want to park in town.

Thank BRAD S
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

Awesome venue and fascinating town! Would love to visit during the storytelling festival. Enjoyed hearing about the history of the town.

Thank Joelle C
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

Another excellent week listening to Reverend Donald Davis share stories from his early life in the Appalachian mountains in North Carolina. The staff at the storytelling Center made all of the visitors so welcome and were so accommodating for those that are disabled.

Thank EmmausDan
Reviewed 17 October 2017

My husband and I attended this event this year which was our second time being there for the wonderful weekend in Jonesborough. The storytellers are varied and tell stories that will make you laugh and also sometimes feel sad, but all are wonderful professionals that...More

Thank Karen L
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Huge event managed by a large group of dedicated volunteers thereby keeping prices accessible. Multiple venues from which one can select, golf carts to assist, excellent food selections

Thank Andrea J L
Reviewed 7 September 2017

I love Storytelling, but I don't love crowds. In Jonesborough, I have the opportunity to see world-class storytellers in a small auditorium, with no crowds. Tellers-in-Residence perform Tuesday through Saturday every week. Remember to wear a sweater -- they keep the place frosty!

Thank GenghisKhan
Reviewed 9 August 2017

I went to this place for a matinee performance. The place was very clean, and the seats were comfy too.

Thank shopcoffee
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

The annual festival is hit or miss. They have over a dozen storytellers and some a fabulous while others quite the opposite. The town is charming and very friendly. There is a festival atmosphere with the set up large tents from which listeners rotate. One...More

Thank Dennis T
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Jonesborough has free music all summer long every Friday night! You bring your own chair open it up in front of the court house and relax. The street is closed offed and the music varies each Friday. There is some dancing or easy listening. Always...More

Thank 59phyllisp
Reviewed 22 June 2017

We had such a good time here. the center is a great place to hear stories told. It is a beautiful facility. You will enjoy an evening of stories told in an entertaining way.

Thank Traveler_for_Life_52
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Alice R
15 May 2017|
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Response from International S... C | Property representative |
Hi, Alice R. Great question. The best day for children to attend is on Fridays. Fridays we have family programming suitable for ages 8-10 in the Library Tent, sponsored by Dollywood's DreamMore resort. School groups from all... More
30 September 2015|
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Response from norris_mh | Reviewed this property |
Take I-26 W from Charleston, SC to Ashville, NC and follow the signs and it is 4 1/2 hrs. Without traffic.
20 June 2015|
Response from MsSheila8 | Reviewed this property |
Always the first full weekend of October. In 2015 it will be Oct. 2 - 4. See you there.