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Johnson City to celebrate founder's birthday

Staff Report • Updated Apr 19, 2019 at 11:46 AM

The Johnson City Sesquicentennial Commission will be celebrating the birthday of Henry Johnson, the founder of Johnson City, on April 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. in King Commons Park.

Johnson was a long-time postmaster in Johnson City, operated several businesses (including the first railroad depot) and served as Johnson City’s first mayor in 1870.

The day’s events will kick off at 11 a.m. with a scavenger hunt downtown. The scavenger hunt will be divided into two groups, 12 and younger or 13 and older. Participants will search for 10 to 20 locations based on clues developed by eighth-grade students from Liberty Bell’s Beta Club. Clue cards can be picked up at Johnson City Brewing, Atlantic Ale House, Trek Bike Shop and Owl’s Nest. Multiple prizes will be awarded after the 3 p.m. deadline to turn in answer cards.

Several musicians will be performing, including Ed Snodderly, owner of The Down Home. Dance lessons will also be offered by instructor Robin Beals and a variety of games and other activities will be provided.

“This event is full of activities for people of all ages that are reminiscent of the time period when Johnson City was founded,” said Sesquicentennial Commissioner Dianna Cantler in a press release.

For more information about the yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, visit www.jctn150.com or follow @jctn150 on Facebook.

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