Links: Research Clues for Johnson City's Local History


Johnson City, Tennessee has benefited from several noteworthy historians including the renowned Samuel Cole Williams who have documented local history back to the time of the State of Franklin. Elected chairman of the Tennessee Historical Commission in 1941, Williams promoted a state program placing markers at or near historical sites throughout Tennessee and encouraged the preservation of local records and private papers for students, professors, and history buffs to use in their studies of local history. Williams was the major benefactor providing the land and financing of the Public Library in Johnson City named in memory of his only son, Mayne Williams, who died of accidental poisoning at the age of four.

"Aquone" the beautiful Johnson City home of Samuel Cole Williams, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is located on Barberry Road. Williams wrote most of his historical works in the personal library at his home which was modeled after the library of Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Links to external websites are located throughout this website, as applicable on each page. Listed here are a few primary sites for additional research and recommendations for published materials that have proven helpful for Henry Johnson Associates.

Railroad and Johnson City Area History
Publication or Website
Johnson City Railroads
Blue Ridge Stemwinder by John Waite, 2004
Johnson City Railroads
The Railroads of Johnson City by Johnny Graybeal, 2007
Johnson City Railroads
Along the ET&WNC by Johnny Graybeal, 2001
Rail Postcards
Rail Mail by Geoff Stunkard, 2003
Music History
Fiddlin' Charlie Bowman by Bob L. Cox, 2007
Local History
Remembering Johnson City by Bob L. Cox, 2008
Local History
History of Johnson City and its Environs
by Samuel Cole Williams, 1940
Johnson City in Pictures
Greater Johnson City: A Pictorial History
by Ray Stahl, 1986
Johnson City in Pictures
Images of America: Johnson City
by Sonya Haskins, 2005
Jonesborough in Pictures
Images of America: Jonesborough
by Sonya Haskins, 2005
Milligan College
Milligan College
by Jan Loveday, 2011
State of Franklin
State of Franklin -
Local History
Local History
The Formative Years of Johnson City, Tennessee
1885-1890: A Social History

by Ophelia Cope Daniels, 1947
(Unpublished Master's Thesis) Tennessee A&I State College
Local History
Black life in Johnson City, Tennessee 1856-1965: a Historical Chronology, by Mary Henderson-Alexander, 2001,
(Unpublished Master's Thesis) ETSU
Washington County History
History of Washington County, Tennessee, 2001,
Joyce and Jean Cox, Editors
Economic History
Railroad Maps
Library of Congress: American Memory Collection
Historical Collections
Washington County Links
Johnson City EDB History Links
Walter P. Brownlow
Walter P. Brownlow, Republican by
Helen Still Beeson, (Unpublished Master's Thesis)
ETSU, 1967
Robert Love Taylor
Gen. John T. Wilder
Tennessee History
Tennessee History
Tennessee Land Law
Tennessee Archives
List of TN Representatives
Governors of TN
Electronic Library
Historical Society
Historical Society
Railway Historical Society
Railway Historical Society
Railway Historical Society
Railway Historical Society
Railway History
History of Transcontinental Railroad
Recommended by Amy -
Ms. Ward's Class in Delaware
Model Railway Club
Research by Danielle - Camp Nazareth, MN
Narrow Gauge Railways Worldwide


Senator Robert L. Taylor Birthplace
Doe River Gorge - ET&WNC Railroad
Chapel - National Soldiers Home
President's Home  ET Normal School
Johnson City  - "The Queen City of the Appalachias"
Ray Stahl
Centennial Collectible
Ray Stahl - Johnson City Premiere Historian
Some Favorite Links
The Archives of Appalachia
Tweetsie Railroad, Bllowing Rock, NC



 Roll Call ........
Congressman Walter Brownlow
George L. Carter
Dr. Hezekiah Hankal
Dr. Hezekiah Hankal
Robert Love (Bob) Taylor
General John T. Wilder
Tipton Jobe
Tipton Jobe
World War I Hero: Carroll Reece
Samuel Cole Williams

Aquone - Home of
Samuel Cole Williams

Munsey Methodist Church

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Historic Thankful Baptist Church

Historic Thankful Baptist Church
Johnson's Depot Links Exchange
The Acoustic Coffeehouse
"Show up and Play"

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