JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. – The Rees-Hawley House will be officially marked as one of the oldest surviving buildings erected in the historic district of Jonesborough, Tennessee by the Katherine Marbury Scott Chapter, National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century. The ceremony will be held 1 p.m. July 20 at the Rees-Hawley House and a reception will follow at the McKinney Center.
The Rees-Hawley House was built on Lot No. 1 of the original town plat of 1779. This three-story home is constructed of dovetailed chestnut logs built on a native limestone foundation. The first floor houses the original kitchen, complete with a cooking fireplace. In 1818 an extension was added to the east side.
Over the years architectural styles changed with ownership. The most recent renovation was done by the current owner and her late husband, Robert I.C. Hawley after their purchase of the house in 1989.
The Rees-Hawley House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many visitors have stayed in the home when it was a well-known bed and breakfast.
The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century was established in 1915 and is a non-profit organization with its headquarters located in Washington D.C. with more than 11,000 members. Their work is dedicated to the preservation of historic sites and records, promotion of heraldry and coats of arms, and support of charitable projects and educations.
The marking ceremony will be conducted by the Katherine Marbury Scott Chapter with the Tennessee State President of the Colonial Dames XVII Century bringing greetings from the state society.
For more information, call 423-914-0264.
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