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International Storytelling Center

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Welcoming atmosphere and beautiful grounds.

My nephew was married here in the fall and the wedding was so beautiful. The staff was very... read more

Reviewed December 20, 2018
Teresa C S
A Week Late for the Festival

Our trip to Jonesborough was a week after the festival weekend. We really wish we could have seen... read more

Reviewed October 30, 2018
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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In our age of fast-moving technology, it seems unlikely that thousands of audience members could spend a weekend mesmerized by the voices of storytellers. But that's exactly what happens in Jonesborough every year, starting the first Friday in...more
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116 W Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659-1239
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Reviewed December 20, 2018

My nephew was married here in the fall and the wedding was so beautiful. The staff was very accomodating.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Teresa C S
Reviewed November 6, 2018

went to a boo and brew,beer was avaiable ,thought being a boo in title it would mean scary stories and entertainers would have dressed up in some kind of costume,not so i guess we should have booed them off stage ,we sat thru 3 stories...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank markyboy7920
Reviewed October 30, 2018

Our trip to Jonesborough was a week after the festival weekend. We really wish we could have seen that; however, we were able to get tickets to a session with a great storyteller Vicki Juditz, the week we visited. It lasted about an hour and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank KMW-FL
Reviewed October 23, 2018

The Storytelling Festival was a marvel! The talent was excellent. (Okay, so there was one that didn't pass muster. He's young. He'll get better.) The storytellers ranged from amusing to laugh-your-head-off. The ones who weren't comedians, knew how to weave a compelling story. The engineering...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank WhiteOak1591
Reviewed October 21, 2018

This was my fifth festival and I can tell you that it is NOT obsolete in any way, shape, or form. I laughed til my face hurt...and sometimes cried til my eyes were red. The price of admission is low when taking into account the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank OrlandoTennisbum
Reviewed October 17, 2018

Jonesborough a delightful small pre civil war Town. No high rise buildings, just lovely old buildings and friendly people. The center is a hive of different displays and outlets. Easy to get our “tickets” they are in fact a swatch of fabric to pin to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Graham B
Reviewed October 16, 2018

16 ago we went to this festival. This year we went back to take our kids for the first time. Whole other ball game. We now live in the internet era where you can hear many of these narrators from the comfort of your own...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rileyandherfamily
Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

This was my sister's and my first attendance at the National Storytelling Festival. We did it on a lark as an excuse to get together since we live far apart (she in Michigan, I in Pennsylvania). We found the center, although small, chock full of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Happyvisitor106
Reviewed October 7, 2018

Attended National Storytelling event this weekend in Jonesborough, TN. First off Jonesborough is a beautiful little town and this event with about 10,000 participants is a fun, educational experience. Storytelling is not just for kids, tall tales, true stories, music, experiences of storytellers some spellbinding...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dennis g
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

First, be prepared to spend a fortune! Always good stories but this year was miserably hot. Of course, that’s not their fault but just warning it is seating under tents and very crowded. It’s hard for children to see and stay engaged. We stood outside...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Response from International S... C | Property representative |
Hi, Alice R. Great question. The best day for children to attend is on Fridays. Fridays we have family programming suitable for ages 8-10 in the Library Tent, sponsored by Dollywood's DreamMore resort. School groups from all... More
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Response from norris_mh | Reviewed this property |
Take I-26 W from Charleston, SC to Ashville, NC and follow the signs and it is 4 1/2 hrs. Without traffic.