The history of Knoxville is a vivid tale of the trials and triumphs of a flourishing town within a growing nation. The backstory takes you from a rough frontier settlement to a grand state capital to the picturesque city you see today—a wild and often surprising tale marvelously told by the city’s most historic homes. From log cabins to frame houses to stately stone mansions, these six Knoxville landmarks invite you into the past to experience the times and events that shaped them and the families who occupied them. Each is a chapter of history unto itself. And yet, together, they exemplify and celebrate the continuing pioneering spirit that created Knoxville and our great nation. The Historic Homes of Knoxville is a local partnership between six historic homes that offers guided tours throughout the year. You can visit each site individually, or visit all of the sites by purchasing a combo pass at any of the six locations or from the Knoxville Visitor Center at the corner of Gay Street and Summit Hill Avenue; the Knoxville Visitor Center itself is in a 100-year-old building. In addition, each historic site offers special events throughout the year as well as rental options. For large group tours, you should contact the sites in advance. The six historic homes are Blount Mansion, the Mabry-Hazen House Museum, Marble Springs, Crescent Bend, James White’s Fort and Ramsey House. Come visit!
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