The Jefferson County Historical Society  (JCHS) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and safekeeping of the county’s historical structures, documents, artifacts, and heritage. The Society, a continuation of the Restore Our Courthouse and Restore Our County (ROC) efforts, began in 1978 when Restore Our Courthouse as formed by local citizens to save the Jefferson County Courthouse from being destroyed and replaced by a modern building.

For over 40 years, JCHS members and county citizens have worked to ensure that the unique history of the people, places, and events in our county are not lost. It is through the work of people like you that the history of our area from its earliest beginning through today is being preserved for future generations.


  • Membership / Board Meetings

    Quarterly Membership Meeting Schedule

    Mark your calendars for a memorable evening at Glenmore Mansion. The Genealogical Society
    and the Historical Society in partnership with the Glenmore Preservation Society are hosting two
    monologues, “The First Ladies of Glenmore”.

    On Monday, October 17 at 5pm, Deborah Branner (1822-1885) will reminisce about growing up
    in Watauga, moving to Mt. Horeb at age 19 and marrying John Roper Branner. During their
    marriage Deborah bore eight children but only two survived to adulthood. After the War they
    built their dream home “The Oaks”. Sadly, she was to finish the home as a widow and lived in
    the home for thirteen years before selling the estate to Milton P. Jarnagin.

    On Thursday, October 20 at 6:30pm, Agnes Jarnagin (1843-1909) will reminisce about her life
    growing up in Virginia, courting and marrying Milton Jarnagin in 1870. At that time the Jarnigan’s
    lived in Memphis where Milton had a successful law practice. In 1882 the Jarnagins bought the
    Oaks from Deborah Branner and renamed the estate Glenmore. The Jarnagin family lived in the
    home for the next 87 years.

    Glenmore Docent Bridget Call will portray each of these women in period dress with an
    emphasis on the female perspective during the Victorian Era.
    Glenmore Mansion is located at 1280 North Chucky Pike, Jefferson City 37760.
    Everyone is welcome and seating is limited.


    Our Board meets 4 times a year at the Shepard's Inn, located in Dandridge. Meetings begin at 2pm. 
    The meeting dates for 2022 are:

    February 8, 2022
    May 10, 2022
    August 9, 2022
    November 8, 2022


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