The Johnson City Sesquicentennial Commission needs your input as they prepare for next year’s celebration. If your church, club or other organization is planning a Sesquicentennial-themed event or activity in 2019, please send details to to be included in promotional materials.

Contact us

Johnson City Sesquicentennial
601 E. Main St.
Johnson City, TN 37601

Facebook: @jctn150 (Johnson City 150 - Sesquicentennial Celebration)

Legacy Project

Johnson City - 150 Year Celebration

The City of Johnson City was founded on Dec. 1, 1869 in Northeast Tennessee, where three railroads — the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina, the Clinchfield, and the Southern Railway — converged. This year, the City of Johnson City will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its establishment with a yearlong celebration, and community members are invited to take part in activities to celebrate the City’s past, present and future. To view a list of the monthly themes click here. Upcoming events are listed below and will be updated as events are finalized.


  • January 1-31 The Mall at Johnson City is running a History of Johnson City on its closed circuit television system.
  • January 2 Johnson City Collects at the Reece Museum. This exhibit includes recent acquisitions to the Reece Collection by Johnson City residents or former residents and recent museum purchases related to the history of Johnson City. The exhibit will run through Feb. 22.
  • January 29 Clinchfield and Southern Railroads Exhibit at George L. Carter Railroad Museum. The museum is open every Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • February 28 “Digital Learning Day” in area schools will focus on Johnson City: Past, Present and Future. Schools will be tweeting out students’ work all day.
  • April 6 Johnson City Community Service Day. More details to come.
  • April 27 Henry Johnson’s Birthday Celebration. 3-5p.m. Location to be determined.
  • July 22 The Tri-City Beverage Story: A History of Dr. Enuf and Mountain Dew in Johnson City at Reece Museum. The exhibit will run through Sept. 13.
  • October 1 Johnson City: Then and Now at Reece Museum. An exhibition in partnership with the Archives of Appalachia at ETSU featuring archival and same-site contemporary photographs of downtown Johnson City. Exhibit runs through Dec. 20
  • October Johnson City Sessions Music Event. More details to come.
  • November 30 Black Tie Gala. More details to come.
  • December 1 Johnson City Birthday Celebration. More details to come.

East Tennessee State University Department of History is sponsoring its second History Harvest, an effort to locate and digitally preserve documents, photographs, artifacts, and personal and family histories. The title of this year’s effort is “Johnson City’s History Harvest: Preserving Our Heritage.” Learn more here.

Sesquicentennial Commission launches legacy project fundraising campaign

Johnson City’s Sesquicentennial Commission is offering citizens a chance to leave behind a legacy as part of the City’s 150th birthday.

A two-part Legacy Project located in the King Commons area of downtown will include a Natural Adventure Area with state-of-the-art play features to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for people of all ages and abilities as well as a History Plaza that will incorporate important historical dates and facts relevant to Johnson City’s heritage.

“We were tasked with designing a project that would honor our City’s history while fueling its future by nourishing the local economy and encouraging community engagement,” said Donna Noland, a member of the Sesquicentennial Commission Fundraising Committee. “The design and features included in this Legacy Project reflect the interests and suggestions of residents and business owners, and upon completion will serve as a tangible reminder of this milestone birthday.”

As the engineering and design phase for the project nears completion, the Fundraising Committee is asking community members and businesses to support the project through monetary or in-kind donations. Naming rights of play features are also up for grabs.

Noting the project’s proximity to the public library, designers have included an outdoor classroom and a storybook station in the Natural Adventure Area as well as more traditional playground items such as a slide, climbing features, and a musical play area.

The History Plaza prominently features the three-star emblem of the Tennessee state flag, which was designed by Johnson City resident LeRoy Reeves. Stone bands circling an ornamental dome would highlight significant events and people in City history.