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Address: 205 E. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN
Phone Number: 423-525-6514
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The original Pioneer structure of Knoxville's founder.

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Better Than Expected with Lots to See

Great tour of the house! The guide was knowledgeable and made the visit interesting for my teenagers. The house had many artifacts and held the interest of the group. We did a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 20, 2015
Debbie A
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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Sun City Center, Florida
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

For history buffs or those wanting to expose children to life before iPods, this is a great stop in downtown. James White was the founder of Knoxville. (Henry Knox was the namesake.) The house and kitchen are the original and were used as a residence until the 1960's. The other buildings reproduce those necessary to live on the frontier. The... More 

1 Thank RobertWLindner
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Great tour of the house! The guide was knowledgeable and made the visit interesting for my teenagers. The house had many artifacts and held the interest of the group. We did a self guided tour of the grounds that had several buildings in addition to the main house. It is a small fort but has a lot too see. It... More 

1 Thank Debbie A
El Dorado Hills, California
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

It is a great fort located in downtown Knoxville. It has quite a few buildings and lots of items from the period. Very interesting. Well worth the visit.

1 Thank Carol M
Robinson, Illinois
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

I had no idea this was even there. The people giving the tour were very knowledgeable and friendly and could answer the questions that people asked.

Thank Sheila H
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Best part was the written guide they give you for the self guided tour. Not very exciting but the gentleman maning the desk was very nice.

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Maryville, Tennessee
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65 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

If you want a glimpse of what life was like for the founding fathers of Knoxville, then check this place out. A lot depends on who's there on a given day. The more knowledgeable people can give you a tremendous amount of info, which makes it very interesting.

1 Thank John C
Baltimore, Maryland
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Very nice to visit and learn more history of Knoxville, TN. James White erected the first dwelling in 1786 and built a fort to surround the house.

1 Thank endlesstrip16
North Kansas City, Missouri
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94 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

This was a true find in the middle of the city. The staff member was very friendly and knowledgeable. The location is well laid out, maintained and screw directive of original artifacts. The information provided is thorough snd brings out relevant and unique facts. This was a great introduction for our kids to the origins of Knoxville.

4 Thank david v
Knoxville, Tennessee
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

I have taken my children to the fort 3 times and each time we had a knowledgeable tour guide. It is probably one of their favorite field trips. If you are looking to learn Early Tennessee history this is a great place to start.

5 Thank blmartin
Knoxville Tennessee
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70 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

Open most all year to see how Knoxvillians lived before electricity and the only transportation was by flatboat or wagon.

3 Thank Silentflier

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