5 Historic Houses to Visit in East TN
William Blount, Territorial Governor and a signer of the United State Constitution, chose to build his home in Knoxville after signing the Treaty of the Holston just a few hundred yards away from the Mansion’s location. Blount’s Knoxville mansion would serve as the territorial capitol, as well as a family home. 200 W. Hill Ave. W-Sat 10am-2pm. Admission.
James White’s service in the Revolutionary War earned him a land grant of 1,000 acres. He built the first permanent structure, his two-story log cabin, in what is now Knoxville in 1786. Two years later, White enclosed the log cabin and other structures with a stockade fence for protection from wild animals. The Fort features the original 1786 residence of James White. In 1970, White’s Fort was reconstructed as a museum in downtown Knoxville. 205 E. Hill Ave. M-Sat 9:30am-5pm. Admission.
3. Ramsey House
Ramsey House was built in 1797 for Francis Alexander Ramsey, one of the founding trustees of Blount College, now the University of Tennessee. The home is constructed of Tennessee pink marble and blue limestone and was known at that time as the finest home in Tennessee. 2614 Thorngrove Pike. W-Sat, 10am-4 pm. Admission.
Marble Springs State Historic Site is the last home and farm of John Sevier, Tennessee’ s first governor, who was elected in 1796. The site features a period tavern, kitchen, cabin, loom house, and spring house that help interpret Tennessee’s early frontier history. 1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway. W-Sat, 10am-5 pm; Sun 12-5. Free admission to grounds; fee for tours.
Built in 1858, three generations of the same family resided in the Italianate-style home. The museum showcases one of the largest original family collection in America with over 2,000 original artifacts on display. 1711 Dandridge Ave. M-F, 11am-5pm. Admission.