Get ready for 18th Century fun

The Washington County Heritage Fair will be a three-part event that is open to the public, aimed at local students through heritage engagements that brings together local culture, heritage organizations and sites.

The event will take place in Historic Jonesborough on May 17 and includes three parts: a fifth to eighth-grade student Heritage Poster Competition, individual/organization exhibits and a Living History Timeline, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Residents and visitors are asked to begin the day at the Jonesborough Visitors Center and Emporium, 117 Boone St., Jonesborough, where participants can register and pickup a program of the day’s events. In addition, the Student Heritage Poster Competition and the individual/organization exhibits will be on display in the auditorium and classroom.

The Student Heritage Poster Competition brings together 70 area students from Washington County public and private schools at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, where students’ knowledge of local heritage and culture are presented in a unique and creative way. Each project will be judged by a panel that have experiences and interests in the specific categories. Winners will be selected by grade and category and announced during an award ceremony at 2 p.m. in the Visitors Center Auditorium. The winner of Best in Show’s teacher will receive a $500 cash prize from several organizations.

The Living History Timeline will be presented in Mill Springs Park, 104 Spring St., and Jimmy Neil Smith Storytelling Park, 111 W. College St. The timeline will consist of tradespeople and re-enactors in two time period-based camps from pre-Revolutionary to early 20th Century regalia. Beginning at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, partakers will move through time by walking the streets of “Tennessee’s Oldest Town” where they can view and learn about the town’s preservation efforts and past.

In addition, other heritage sites will be open throughout town. Some events and schedules are tentative and could change, be added, or cancelled, please check. For more information on the Washington County Heritage Fair, visit the Jonesborough Genealogical Society’s website at jgstn.org/annual-heritage-fair or Facebook page www.facebook.com/tnjgs/ or visit the Jonesborough Visitors Center and Emporium.