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The Seasons of Northeast Tennessee

The mountainous landscape of Northeast Tennessee can cause fluctuating, unpredictable weather patterns. In fact, you’ll often hear it said that “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a day!” However, the Tri-Cities region typically features mild...

We Are Just Right for… Festival-Goers

Festivals and Events In the mood for festivities? Looking for a reason to celebrate? You won’t have to go far or wait long; Johnson City has a whole lineup of yearly festivals and celebrations for anyone and everyone to enjoy. Our festivals honor...

We Are Just Right for… Retirees & Golden Agers

You’ve raised a family, worked hard all your life, and weathered life’s many ups and downs, and now you’re ready to retire, relax, and reap the rewards of a life well lived. Well, you’re in luck, because you’ve come to the right place! Recognized...
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,...

Historic Sites in Johnson City

Whether you’re a history buff, someone curious about the town you’re in, or simply looking for an interesting way to spend an afternoon, visiting a historic site can be an eye-opening experience. Although some entire towns in the country function...

“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.