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Swappin’ Ground

Under the Swappin' Ground

At the first National Storytelling Festival in 1973, a handful of storytellers gathered around the courthouse in Jonesborough’s town square and traded tales.  An old wagon served as the stage, and listeners took their seats on bales of hay. 

Today the Swappin’ Ground tradition continues in the center of Storytelling Park.  Here, anyone can tell a tale—and many do.  Stop by and listen as tellers recapture the humble beginnings of the National Storytelling Festival.

To share a story of your own, just sign up at the Festival Headquarters.

Swappin’ Ground is hosted by the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild.

Free Event (does not require separate ticket).