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 early 19th-century life. Tours are available of the historic site or visitors can walk the hiking trails exploring a beautiful nature setting just 12 miles outside of downtown Knoxville. Marble Springs hosts a variety of events through the year that showcase the history and heritage of East Tennessee with living history demonstrations, reenactors, performance artists and regional arts and crafts. Marble Springs also features the only Farmers Market in the South Knoxville community with "Shopping at the Farm" held every Thursday from 3pm-6pm up to and through the month of November.
The last home of John Sevier, Marble Springs Historic Farmstead is located on a scenic 35-acre portion of the original John Sevier Farm. The main cabin, built circa 1800, still stands today on the site where it was originally constructed. Sevier named his farm “Marble Springs” because of the Tennessee Rose Marble deposits and six springs that were located on the property. Sevier continued to live at the farm until his death in 1815.
A man of great military skill, John Sevier was a leader in the Watauga Association, Tennessee’s earliest settlement, and a Revolutionary War hero at the pivotal Battle of Kings Mountain. Sevier was the only governor of the “Lost State of Franklin” from 1784-1788.
Sevier was the first member of the United States Congress to be elected from west of the Appalachian Mountains. He was later the first governor of Tennessee—the sixteenth state in the Union—and served six terms: 1796-1801 and 1803-1809.
Today, the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association, a non-profit organization, continues the preservation, interpretation and general management of the site. Marble Springs consists of Sevier’s house, a tavern, loom house, spring house, smoke house, & trading post that give visitors a glimpse into 18th century life. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
The historic site and home contain several original furnishings belonging to the Sevier family. The collection of artifacts at Marble Springs will give visitors a look back in time when our ancestors established a way of life in America’s first frontier.
Marble Springs is available to rent for family and company picnics, weddings, receptions, birthdays and other special occasions. A covered pavilion with electrical outlets, Trading Post Gift Shop, restrooms and hiking trails are part of the amenities of this beautiful 35 acre site.
Marble Springs hosts a wide variety of events such as the Marble Springs Storytelling Festival, Statehood Day Living History Weekend, Sevier Days Arts and Crafts Show, Halloween "Haunt's and Haint's" Storytelling, workshops on a variety of topics and school tours.