Historic Homes of Knoxville

From log cabins to frame houses to stately stone mansions, these 7 Knoxville landmarks invite you into the past to experience the times and events that shaped our state. You can visit each site individually, or visit all of the sites by purchasing a discounted combo pass at any of the seven locations or from the Knoxville Visitors Center.

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James White's Fort
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James White's Fort
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail
Original, relocated house of Knoxville founder James White. Thought to be the first permanent home built in Knoxville.

James White, the founder of Knoxville, established his home here in 1786 and later enclosed it within a log fort comprising of 8 buildings. Restored and opened to the public in 1970, the Fort interprets the pioneer history and culture of early…

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Blount Mansion
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Blount Mansion
Community | Historic Site or District
Home of William Blount, a signer of the Constitution and territorial governor. Much of the Tennessee Constitution was written here.

Nestled in the center of downtown Knoxville's government district, Blount Mansion offers history of one of the nation's founding fathers that is hard to miss. Here, among the towers of glass, steel and brick, sits a house (small by today's standards)…

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Crescent Bend House and Gardens
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Crescent Bend House and Gardens
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail
Original 900-acre farm was site of Civil War skirmishes and the mortal wounding of federal Brig. Gen. William P. Sanders; features Italianate gardens with views of the Tennessee River, valuable wallpaper, and the Toms Foundation collection of 18th century furniture.

Historic Crescent Bend House & Gardens is one of the Southeast’s finest house museums and gardens. Built in 1834 by Drury Paine Armstrong, Crescent Bend was once a 600 acre working farm and so named for its prominent setting overlooking a…

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Historic Westwood
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Historic Westwood
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail
Built as a “wedding promise” for Adelia Armstrong Lutz, who is thought to be first professional female artist in Tennessee; includes original artwork by Adelia and her studio, illuminated with natural light; now home to the offices of Knox Heritage.

Historic Westwood was built as a “wedding promise” in 1890 by John Edwin Lutz and his wife, Ann Adelia Armstrong Lutz. Originally sited on 12 acres along Kingston Pike, it was designed by notable architects Baumann Brothers in the grand…

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Mabry-Hazen House
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Mabry-Hazen House
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail
Family home of Knoxville booster, businessman, and Confederate sympathizer Joseph Mabry; site of Union artillery batteries during Civil War; 95 percent of furnishings and artifacts original to home.

Mabry-Hazen House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located atop Mabry's Hill in Knoxville,TN. Built in 1858 and housing three generations of the same family from 1858-1987, Mabry-Hazen House served as headquarters for both…

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Historic Ramsey House Plantation
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Historic Ramsey House Plantation
Community | Historic Site or District
Family home of the Ramseys, an influential East Tennessee family with ties to the Confederacy, railroad development, the University of Tennessee, and early public medical care.

Historic Ramsey House is an historically significant home built by Colonel Francis A. Ramsey, which was completed in 1797.  This self-supporting working farm, originally composed of over 2000 acres of prime farm land, was owned by the succeeding…

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Marble Springs State Historic Site
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Marble Springs State Historic Site
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail
Final home of Gov. John Sevier, first and six-term governor of Tennessee and governor of the short-lived state of Franklin.

The scenic 35-acre homestead of the first governor of Tennessee includes the Sevier cabin, tavern, kitchen, smoke house, spring house, loom house and trading post gift shop. The historic log structures give visitors a glimpse into late 18th and…

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1 James White's Fort
2 Blount Mansion
3 Crescent Bend House and Gardens
4 Historic Westwood
5 Mabry-Hazen House
6 Historic Ramsey House Plantation
7 Marble Springs State Historic Site