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Johnson City Burgers

Few food items are as beloved, ubiquitous, and versatile as the hamburger. Whether you’re loading them up with cheese and bacon, classing them up with premium beef and artisanal buns, grabbing a greasy-yet-satisfying one from a fast food joint, or...

National Storytelling Festival / Storytelling Live!

Every October, more than 10,000 people gather in tents in the town square of historic downtown Jonesborough to hear folktales, cultural legends, and personal stories told by acclaimed storytellers of both national and international renown at the...

Wellmont Health System

Wellmont is a not-for-profit health system guided by a vision to deliver the best health care anywhere. Wellmont provides services ranging from primary care and family physician, to community-based hospitals, to high-quality specialty...
Johnson City First Friday

First Friday

On the first Friday of every month, downtown Johnson City comes alive as downtown business owners extend their hours late into the evening to spend time engaging with customers and community members. "First Friday is a low-cost, interactive,...

Founders After 5

Downtown Johnson City’s free concert series, Founders After 5, takes place at the amphitheater in Founders Park every Friday (except First Friday) at 6:00 PM, May through September. No outside alcohol is allowed on city property, but local...

“I think, being from East Tennessee, you’re kinda born with a little lonesome in your soul, in your blood. You know you’ve got that Appalachian soul.”

Ashley Monroe

Framed by the Appalachian Mountains to the west, the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east, the Nolichucky River to the south, and the Watauga River to the north, Washington County is as pretty as a picture, a region abounding in both natural beauty and cultural heritage. American legends Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett once walked our rolling hills and valleys, and their pioneering spirit still pervades the area, imbuing its people with liveliness and fortitude.

We mountain men and women may have lonesome souls, but we’re seldom lonely. Washington County is the oldest incorporated area in Tennessee and the fastest-growing county east of Knoxville. More than 126,000 people live in Washington County, including residents of Jonesborough, the state’s first and oldest town, and students living on the campuses of Milligan College and East Tennessee State University (ETSU).

Today, Johnson City is home to more than 65,000 residents, a thriving urban center that has consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best and most popular small metro areas for raising a family, starting a business, or retiring.