Hawley House Bed & Breakfast

114 East Woodrow Avenue, Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659
Innkeeper(s): Marcy Hawley
  • Welcome to Hawley House Bed & Breakfast

    Welcome to Hawley House Bed & Breakfast

  • General Francis Preston Room

    General Francis Preston Room

  • Dr. Spencer E. Gibson Room

    Dr. Spencer E. Gibson Room

  • Enjoy a candlelight breakfast in the dining room.

    Enjoy a candlelight breakfast in the dining room.


Table Of Contents

  • Introduction

    We invite you to browse in our rooms and enjoy some of their treasures such as antique furniture, American folk art and antique quilts and coverlets. Our guests can relax by viewing Jonesborough from rocking chairs on our wrap around porch, savor a roaring fire on cold winter nights or leisurely stroll through the historic district on bricked sidewalks. Lastly, to start the day's exploring, antique hunting or in preparation for the onward journey, guests are served a memorable candlelight breakfast in the dining room overlooking Jonesborough.

    The Hawley House has the distinction of being the oldest house in Tennessee's oldest town. The main house was built in 1793 of dovetail chestnut logs on a limestone foundation and other additions have been included through the years, including a veranda which affords a view of the charming village.

    Innkeeper Marcy is an interior designer and restoration expert, and she and husband R.I.C. furnished the home with authenticity in mind. Colorful rooms feature traditional antique furnishings, quilts and American folk art. Winter guests enjoy a cup of hot cider as they warm up in front of a roaring fire in the Great Room. In the summertime, relaxing on the wraparound porch with a glass of lemonade is the perfect way to cap off the day.

    The home was built circa 1793 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located one block off Main Street on Parson's Square. Enjoy Americana past and present in this log and frame house filled with American antiques and folk art.

    For your comfort, the Hawley House Bed & Breakfast features these three spacious rooms with private baths.

    About the Owners

    After living throughout the world, mainly in Europe and Asia, we moved to Jonesborough from Alexandria, Virginia upon retirement from the Army. The Hawley House was restored to realize our dream of owning and operating a bed and breakfast inn situated in a historically significant structure located in a Federally designated historic district. Jonesborough is further appealing as we are the seventh generation of our family to call the town home

    About the Town

    Jonesborough is one of those unique towns that offers a glimpse into history. However, the town is not a museum nor a location where only history is reenacted. Jonesborough is a thriving community with a vision for the future yet strongly regards its past as a treasure worthy of preservation. Jonesborough lets the traveler relax in warmth and quiet charm yet remains convenient to I-181 and Johnson City.

    Today, the history of Jonesborough comes alive through our stories. It's here that pioneers founded the "Lost State of Franklin," which is a story in itself. Then there is the story of the world's first periodicals devoted to the abolition of slavery, published in Jonesborough.

    And the legends continue. In fact, as host of the National Storytelling Festival, Tennessee's oldest town has become known as the birthplace of the American storytelling revival. By intricately restoring its 200 year legacy, Jonesborough has proved that old tales never die.

    Area Attractions

    • Home of National Storytelling Festival (1st weekend October)
    • Home of Storytelling Foundation International
    • Quilt Festival
    • Music on Court House Steps (Fridays - May-September)


    Golf, fishing, downhill skiing, white water rafting, cross-country skiing, antiquing, theater, and watersports nearby.

  • How to Find Us

    Directions from Hwy. 11E:

    At main traffic light (at Shell station), turn on Boone St. and pass Fire Station and Visitors Center to Stop Sign. Turn right onto Main St., then immediately left on Fox St. and cross railroad to 114 Woodrow Ave.