The Chester Inn, built in 1797 by Dr. William P. Chester of Berlin, Pennsylvania, has earned a reputation as the first boarding house in eastern Tennessee. As the stage coach line developed, the inn was enlarged. The porch and front facade were rebuilt in 1883 in the Italianate style, and the structure has been continuously occupied as an inn, a hotel, and an apartment building.
The Chester Inn, a facility that dates to 1797, has hosted presidents, authors, and other
famous people through the years. The young Andrew Jackson stayed here in 1788 while
working on his law degree. The building is now owned by the state, and it houses the
National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling. The Chester
Inn is currently used only for administrative offices but is a visual and historical point of
interest, and you can walk the grounds around it.