Blair-Moore House B&B



Hope is the dream of a soul awake....French Proverb




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Thank you WNPT

The Blair-Moore House B&B





Genevieve Valentine & Gabriella Camille

Our little girls

Jean-Claude Crespi from Cassis  is our precious son-shine

our newest addition to our little family

201 West Main Street   Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659

Reservations: 423-753-0044 


 Dining is just steps away from our B&B.

Blair-Moore House is rated by Southern Living and Blue Ridge Country.   Why stay anywhere else? 

June  2008  Platinum winner "Reader's Choice"  Blue Ridge Country   Best Bed & Breakfast

Thanks to our guests that voted for us.

Bed and Breakfast Inn overnight accommodations in Historic downtown Jonesborough, Tennessee

Tennessee's Oldest Town.....We are one block from the Court House

We focus on comfort, hospitality & the culinary arts.

"...What might be the world's best breakfast"    Southern Living Magazine

"my favorite B&B in Jonesborough" Wanda McKinney Southern Living October 2008

"#1 Best Breakfast in the Southeast"    Inn Traveler Magazine 

"Resurrected  Elegance"  Marquee Magazine November/December

(423) 753-0044




Your Innkeepers

Jack &  Mimi  Moore

The Blair-Moore House offers gracious overnight accommodations in a lovely  restored home dating from the early 1800's. We are the only B&B located downtown Jonesborough on Main Street. Our home is  one of the oldest buildings in Jonesborough. We are conveniently located downtown in the heart of Jonesborough's Historic District. Jonesborough, which was established in 1779, is the oldest town in Tennessee. Our home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Drawing Room

We feature three guest rooms, one of which is a suite. Our suite and one other room can accommodate a third person. All rooms are individually furnished with the comfort of our guests in mind. Each guest room has a private en-suite bathroom, private porch, canopy bed, vintage linens, carefully chosen art and period Tennessee and southern furniture (almost 100% of our furnishings are antiques).  We have central heat and air conditioning. Each guest room is provided with a variety of reading materials. We do not have telephones or televisions in our guest rooms. We focus on providing a peaceful, comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. We do have WI-FI. 

Private off-street guest parking at our back door

The Western-Native American Room

The Victorian Room is located upstairs. It features a queen-size hand-painted canopy bed with a matching washstand and dresser. Pale shades of aqua and rose give this room a very warm and feminine feeling. This room has a private covered porch furnished with antique wicker providing the perfect place for an afternoon of reading or an evening gazing at the stars with your companion.  This porch also overlooks some of our gardens. The private en-suite bathroom has a claw-foot bathtub with  added stand-up shower as well as a pedestal lavatory. $150 plus tax per night

The Suite Sitting Room

The Suite is located on the ground level of the house and has a private outside entrance. It has a private porch and a large private sitting room. The separate bedroom has a walnut queen-size fully dressed  canopy bed. Warm shades of buttery yellow floral English chintz and soft sage green toile completes the romantic feel of  this room. The private en-suite bathroom has a separate walk-in shower as well as a claw-foot bathtub for those who love to linger in a bubble bath. It  also has a pedestal lavatory.  The suite can also accommodate a third person. $185 per plus tax per night

Jack making a Chippendale-style looking glass






    Tami (Mimi) in the kitchen

Events in Jonesborough

Jonesborough Storytelling Guild (every Tuesday evening)

Contra Dance  (every 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month)

Teller in Residence (storytelling every Tuesday-Saturday 2 pm May-October)

Music on the Square (every Friday evening May-September)

Doll Show & Sell (April & October)

May 19  Jonesborough Series 7pm

"Through the Garden Gate" Garden Tour (Memorial Day  weekend in May)  (Two (2) night minimum stay)     

Jonesborough Days (a 4th of July celebration)  

Quiltfest (late July) (Two (2) night minimum stay) 

July 21 Jonesborough Bluegrass Series 7pm

National Storytelling Festival (1st weekend in October) (Sorry, we are already booked for many years to come.)

Bristol Motor Speedway  (Sorry, we are already booked for both Bristol races for many years to come.)

October in the mountains  Please note that all weekends including a Friday or Saturday night stay will be a two (2) night minimum with a 30 day cancellation notice during the month of October.

October 20 Jonesborough Bluegrass Series 7pm

 Fine Art in the Park at the Storytelling Center 10am-5pm   Fine juried and judged artists  Local cheese, chocolate and wine tasting   Free admission

 Thanksgiving    Town of Jonesborough sponsors a juried Christmas craft show Friday and Saturday.   This is a 5 minute walk from  our B&B.   Two night minimum on holiday weekends, please.  

Progressive Dinner (1st weekend in December) (Two (2) night minimum stay) 

For more information on these events and others, please phone the Historic Jonesborough Visitor's Center at 423.753.1010.


Our Tariff

The single or double occupancy rate for both the Victorian Room and the Western-Native American Room is $150.00 per night plus applicable taxes.

The single or double occupancy rate for the Suite is $185.00 per night plus applicable taxes.

Additional charge for a 3rd person is $25.00 per night plus applicable taxes.

              Special Packages

Ladies Getaway  Get together that special group of friends and getaway for two nights in Jonesborough. Included in this package is a lovely afternoon tea, 2 nights accommodations in a room or suite with a private bathroom, private porch and canopy bed. Each morning you will be served our national award-winning multi-course breakfast.     

Romantic Getaway  Let us take care of all the details for your romantic getaway. Included in this package: two nights accommodations in a suite or room with a canopy bed, private bathroom, private  porch, one dozen roses, a box of handmade chocolates by Earth and Sky  and our national award-winning multi-course breakfast. Rates:   Upstairs rooms: $360.00 plus tax  Suite (downstairs): $430.00 plus tax. One night packages are available.  Upstairs: $210.00 plus tax    Suite: $245.00 plus tax

Special Occasions Getaway   Whether it is a special occasion or just a desire to be pampered, let us make all of the arrangements for you. Included in this package is two nights accommodations in a room or suite with a private bathroom, private porch and canopy bed, one dozen roses, a box of locally handmade Earth and Sky  chocolates and a very nice bottle of wine (red or white) and our national award-winning multi-course breakfast. Rates:  Upstairs rooms: $380.00 plus tax  Suite (downstairs) $450.00 plus tax.  One night packages are available.  Upstairs: $230.00 plus tax   Suite: $265.00 plus tax.


Fishing  Jack's youngest son, Thomas, is the owner/guide for APPALACHIAN ANGLING ADVENTURES.   In October Thomas offers a boat ride on the colorful waters of our East Tennessee lakes.    Please contact him at:  

Your package    If you have a request for a special package, please let us know.   We will work with you to make your package special for your request. 



From I-40, take exit 421. This will put you on I-81 North. Once on I-81 North go 23 miles and take exit 23. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Hwy 11-E. Go 35 miles. At the signal light (at Shell Station) in Jonesborough, turn right onto Boone Street. Go approximately 3 blocks. At the stop sign, turn right onto Main Street. We are located exactly 2 blocks on the left. Private parking is located directly behind the house at our back door.

If you are traveling South on I-81, take exit 57-A. This puts you on I-26 East. Once on I-26 East, go about 8 miles and take exit 17. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right. Go about 7 miles. Go  through the signal light (at Hwy 11-E) and go approximately 3 blocks. At the stop sign, turn right onto Main Street. We are located exactly 2 blocks on the left. Private parking is located directly behind the house at our back door.

From Asheville, NC take Hwy19W/23 which becomes I-26 West. You may take exit 37. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left.  You will go underneath I-26  and this will put you on TN Hwy 81-North. This will be a two lane country road. It is about 15 miles to Jonesborough. Once in Jonesborough, we are the second building past Jonesborough United Methodist Church on your  right. Or, you may proceed to exit 17 on I-26 West. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left. You will go underneath I-26.  Go about 7 miles. Go through the signal light (at Hwy 11-E) and go approximately 3 blocks. At the stop sign, turn right onto Main Street. We are located  exactly 2 blocks on the left. Private parking is located directly behind the house at our back door.


Evening in Jonesborough


                        PLEASE RECYCLE

               SAVE OUR EARTH!!

As the owners/innkeepers,  some of our goals are: 1) to provide you with exemplary accommodations (amenities, furnishings, gardens, etc)  2) to serve you one of the best breakfasts you have ever experienced 3) to provide you with the kind of personal service that  is only found in a B&B  4) to exceed your expectations

Recognized by Inn Traveler Magazine as one of the top 5 B&B's in the US & Canada for "Best Breakfast" for the past five years. The surveys were submitted by inn-goers nationwide. We were featured in Marquee Magazine November/December 2006, Southern Living Magazine June 2005,  May 2004 and August 2002, Blue Ridge Country,  Points North Atlanta, Country Discoveries, Knoxville News-Sentinel, Asheville Citizen-Times, and Memphis Commercial Appeal.  Also voted by readers of Marquee magazine as one of the Tri-Cities "Best Gardens".


*Gift certificates are available*

****Special Packages Available****

Shopping and fine dining is easily within walking distance from our home.  We are located downtown within a 1/2 block from where charming, locally owned shops and restaurants abound. For those who love antiques, we have antique shops in Jonesborough and many more in neighboring towns. Depending upon the type of antiques that you collect, we can make informed recommendations as to which shops you should visit.


The Dining Room

All rooms have a private porch, adding the luxury of extra space. On the lower level we also have a spacious veranda that can be enjoyed by all guests. Furnished with antique wicker, it provides you with the perfect atmosphere for reading, conversing with your friends, sipping your favorite beverage or just whiling away a lazy afternoon. We provide our guests with private, off-street parking in a landscaped setting at our back door. Fresh flowers (in season) and complimentary beverages are also provided.

The Western-Native American Room is located upstairs and can accommodate a third person. It has a cherry queen-size canopy bed with a hand-tied fishnet canopy. Native American colors of deep red complete the look and gives one the feeling of being in  the old  west. This room has a private en-suite bathroom that has a claw-foot bathtub with  added stand-up shower as well as a pedestal lavatory. The private porch for this room is a balcony overlooking historic Main Street as well as some of our  gardens.  This room holds a lifetime collection of the owners early Western and Native-American artifacts. $150 plus tax per night


The Victorian Room

The Suite Bedroom

About our restoration

Our home had been neglected for over 30 years before we purchased it in 1993. Therefore, major restoration and renovation was required.  We did 99% of all the work ourselves (plumbing, plastering, masonry, roofing, guttering, laying tile floors, landscaping and you name it!  In addition to the  restoration/renovation, we have added  English-style gardens, picket fences, stone walls, brick paths, Jack's woodworking shop, private off-street guest parking and other outbuildings.

Jack's Woodworking Shop

About us

Jack is a retired senior engineer who now enjoys restoring pre-Civil War furniture and making Chippendale-style (1770-1820) looking glasses in his shop. His looking glasses as well as period pieces of Tennessee and southern furniture are available for purchase.

Mimi was formerly a bridal wear and millinery designer and for  nearly 1/2 of her life she was also involved in her family's bakery and catering business, Unique Cake and Catering in Bristol, Tennessee.    Catering, rolled fondant and special occasion cakes are available at 423-764-2253.  Please phone them to have pics of special cakes emailed to you personally.   Mimi  has received advanced training at the following culinary schools: Le Cordon Bleu (Paris, France), CIA (Culinary Institute of America), LaVarenne (The Greenbriar, White Sulphur Springs, WVA) and Johnson & Wales University. She now utilizes her skills in preparing breakfast for guests at the Blair-Moore House that are both beautiful and delicious.  Mimi was  trained to prepare meals of the French cuisine.  We can happily accommodate vegetarians.


All meals are special events at the Blair-Moore House and we take pride in using only the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients to create a memorable cuisine for you to enjoy. We use organic & local  naturally grown produce as much as possible.  Prepared fresh in our kitchen each morning, we serve an elegant and beautifully presented breakfast in our dining room   where you will find the table set with linens, china and silver.   You  will never be served any pre-prepared food at Blair-Moore House.    As Tami is also a gardener, you will see her love of gardening inside her home as well as in her gardens. All of the fresh herbs and flowers using in preparing and garnishing your meals are grown naturally & organically  in the gardens at the Blair-Moore House. Our gardens are English/French country-style.  Since 1994, we have added to gardens each spring and feel that our gardens add to the special experience we offer at Blair-Moore House. 


We use only organic and natural cleaning supplies.  Please remember to recycle when you are a guest at Blair-Moore House B&B. 


We ask that reservations be guaranteed by a credit card. Because of our small size, cancellations affect us significantly. Therefore, a seven (7) day cancellation notice is required. On some dates, we require a three night minimum stay as well as a  thirty (30) day cancellation notice. Thirty date cancellation notice and two night minimum on all weekends in October.

We accept cash, personal checks, travelers checks and most major credit cards.

Check in time is after  3 p.m. and before 7 p.m. While we make every effort to accommodate early arrivals, due to high occupancy  we cannot guarantee room availability until 3 p.m. Please phone to make arrangements for arrivals after 7 p.m. No arrivals after 10 pm., please.

Check out is 11 am, please.

In consideration of other guests, our home and our   pets  smoking is not permitted anywhere in the house, on our grounds or on the porches.

Sorry, we do not have accommodations for pets but a kennel is located nearby. We love animals and we have three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (Genevieve, Gabriella and Jean-Claude).. Our children are not happy campers when another pet is in the house.    To make reservations for your pet, please phone: Jonesborough Animal Hospital at 423.753.5868.

Sorry, we do not have accommodations for babies or young children. However, well mannered and well behaved children of any age are more than welcome at any time.   

Let us design a custom package to suit your needs!

We have a small gift shop with  Mimi's original watercolor paintings, her original sterling silver, gemstone and  freshwater pearl  jewelry,  French  toiletries and Susan McDuffie aprons available for purchase.

We look forward to sharing our home with you!


Jack, Tami (Mimi) ,Jean-Claude, Genevieve & Gabriella


Your resident owners/innkeepers/boy & girls


Links to

our friends in Jonesborough:



Our favorite places to visit:

***favorite store  de Provence et d'ailleurs (828)295-9989  Blowing Rock NC (authentic French shop)

Special links: