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Johnson City Sesquicentennial
601 E. Main St.
Johnson City, TN 37601

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Legacy Project

Johnson City - 150 Year Celebration

The City of Johnson City was founded on Dec. 1, 1869 in Northeast Tennessee, where three railroads — the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina, the Clinchfield, and the Southern Railway — converged. This year, the City of Johnson City will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its establishment with a yearlong celebration, and community members are invited to take part in activities to celebrate the City’s past, present and future. To view a list of the monthly themes click here. Upcoming events are listed below and will be updated as events are finalized.

Celebrate with us!

The Sesquicentennial Commission will host a kickoff event for the community at 11 a.m. on Jan. 5. This event will be held at the old Penney’s Building downtown. View our event poster here.

A Day with Tweetsie Trains

Citizens will have two chances to enjoy “A Day with Tweetsie Trains” through both a museum exhibit and film presentation on Jan. 12 and 19.

Train-lovers will have the opportunity to glimpse the colorful past of the Tweetsie rail line, beginning with a tour of the Tweetsie model train exhibit room at the George L. Carter Railroad Museum at East Tennessee State University, Room 108, Campus Center Building. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome.

At 1 p.m., historic films about the Tweetsie from the early half of the 20th century will be presented at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. These films, narrated by local railroad historian Ken Riddle, feature footage along the narrow-gauge rail line from Tennessee through North Carolina. This is also a free event.

Sesquicentennial Commission launches legacy project fundraising campaign

Johnson City’s Sesquicentennial Commission is offering citizens a chance to leave behind a legacy as part of the City’s 150th birthday.

A two-part Legacy Project located in the King Commons area of downtown will include a Natural Adventure Area with state-of-the-art play features to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for people of all ages and abilities as well as a History Plaza that will incorporate important historical dates and facts relevant to Johnson City’s heritage.

“We were tasked with designing a project that would honor our City’s history while fueling its future by nourishing the local economy and encouraging community engagement,” said Donna Noland, a member of the Sesquicentennial Commission Fundraising Committee. “The design and features included in this Legacy Project reflect the interests and suggestions of residents and business owners, and upon completion will serve as a tangible reminder of this milestone birthday.”

As the engineering and design phase for the project nears completion, the Fundraising Committee is asking community members and businesses to support the project through monetary or in-kind donations. Naming rights of play features are also up for grabs.

Noting the project’s proximity to the public library, designers have included an outdoor classroom and a storybook station in the Natural Adventure Area as well as more traditional playground items such as a slide, climbing features, and a musical play area.

The History Plaza prominently features the three-star emblem of the Tennessee state flag, which was designed by Johnson City resident LeRoy Reeves. Stone bands circling an ornamental dome would highlight significant events and people in City history.