The Early Years

Early Years

Step back over two centuries and visit Knoxville’s founders as you listen to the stories of the settlement of White’s Fort and establishment of the capital of the Southwest Territory at the headwaters of the Tennessee.

First Presbyterian Graveyard—a peaceful resting place for Knoxville’s most historic figures.
Blount Mansion Gardens—take a seat and enjoy the river view as you learn about the man who named Knoxville.
The Old Courthouse—listen to the romantic tale of John Sevier and his two wives.
Park House—the second oldest house in Knoxville with a history of hospitality
The Bistro at the Bijou—belly up to Knoxville’s oldest bar for a drink and find out who was there before you.


Proceeds help support The Knoxville History Project
~90 minutes
Meet on the porch of the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street
Reservations required (book tickets below or call 865-309-4522)

– Adults: $15
– Children 6-12: $10
– Group rates available

Contact us about other dates and group tours.
Tours available by appointment for groups as small as four adults.

Call 865-309-4522 to schedule a tour.