History opens its doors: Knoxville historic homes on tour

Blount Mansion

Blount Mansion

Tours of six of Knox County’s historic homes, their grounds and gardens will be offered Saturday, April 27. Three house museums are featured on a morning tour; three more on an afternoon tour.

The tours are offered by the nonprofit collaborative Historic Homes of Knoxville and are designated an official Dogwood Arts Festival activity. Tour-goers may take one or both tours.

The tours are by bus; each takes three hours. Step-on tour guides will board the bus at points to discuss Knoxville historic landmarks and other points of interest.

The tour stops at each historic home on its route, giving tour-goers time to tour the historic homes and their gardens and grounds.

Each tour requires reservations at 865-523-7521 or www.KnoxTIX.com. Each tour is $20 per person. Free parking is at James White’s Fort for the morning tour and at Blount Mansion for the afternoon tour.

The morning tour is 9 a.m.-noon April 27 and starts at James White’s Fort, 205 E. Hill Ave. The tour goes from the fort to the 1797 stone Ramsey House and then to Marble Springs, the pioneer home of Tennessee’s first governor, John Sevier.

The afternoon tour is 1-4 p.m. April 27. It begins at Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Ave., and includes visits to Knoxville’s Mabry-Hazen House and Crescent Bend and Gardens.

The 1792 Blount Mansion was built for William Blount when he was governor of what was then called Territory of the United States South of the River Ohio and before Tennessee became a state. Mabry-Hazen, built in 1858, was home to three generation of a family and was Civil War headquarters for both the Confederate and Union forces. Crescent Bend was built in 1834 and was once the focus of a 900-acre farm.

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