The Guild conducts Tuesday night concerts, "Stories 'n More", at 7 p.m. year-round at the International Storytelling Center, with the exception of the weeks between Christmas and the New Year. In case of inclement weather, check the Washington Co., Tenn. online calendar for school closings, as the Guild closes when the schools do. Attend our weekly concerts for a donation of $5 adults and $3 for students. Children 10 and under are free.

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Bob Mountain Man Phillips


It is with great sadness that the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild announces the passing of  founding member "Mountain Man" Bob Phillips on December 24th, 2019. He was in Florida at the time of his passing after taking ill on December 23rd.


"Mountain Man" Bob Phillips created and told his own stories from the mountains. Every once in a while he would recall some of the older tales from the turn of the last century. He took pride in the fact that all of his stories are true, based on the remote possibility that there exists a slim chance of possible fact. Audiences have marveled at his sense of humor, his creativeness and how he managed to relate his stories to their everyday lives and past experiences.

He was a writer of stories and a teller of tales.

His stories about the South Central Community and its people will kept listeners in stitches. Stories about Crazy Willie, the Coffie Boys and Bob's experiences growing up will made you feel as though you are there and experiencing the same thing.

In 1997 he was selected as one of eight semi-finalists to compete in the National Storytelling competition held in Hillsboro, OH and finished third. In 2000 he was again selected and captured First Place.

In March of 2001 he brought forth to the public his new invention - The Modie-Harp. This is a mountain musical instrument made from a toilet lid and seat. He has now incorporated this musical instrument into his storytelling with a new line of stories and soon even songs.

Stories have always been a part of his life. He started telling professionally in 1994 and will venture forth to spin his mountain, children, ghost, or inspirational tales to any group, organization or audience.


Mountain Man Bob Phillips
Jonesborough, TN