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James White Fort

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Address: 205 E. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN
Phone Number: 423-525-6514
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The original Pioneer structure of Knoxville's founder.
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Good Example of the Early Settlers Homes

This is a short tour of the fort that was the first settlement in Knoxville. The structures include furnished homes and blacksmith shop. The staff is very helpful in explaining... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 21, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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100 reviews 100 reviews
24 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This is a short tour of the fort that was the first settlement in Knoxville. The structures include furnished homes and blacksmith shop. The staff is very helpful in explaining the daily life of the settlers. The fort structure and size is a good example of real life, not the movie life of settlers in the late 18th century and... More 

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Bloomingdale, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We enjoyed going through the small Fort. They have a nice write-up about it and it's hard to believe that all those people were in that area. Glad we stopped.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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71 reviews 71 reviews
12 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

If you are a historic buff, you will find this place interesting. The staff are knowledgeable and the interior of the fort is great. It is really great in the fall and winter when the fires are roaring. A great way to spend a cool afternoon back in time.

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knoxville, tn
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This old fort is amazing. Small and somewhat hidden in the urban downtown area but full of amazing examples of life during the originating days of rural Knoxville. Located across the street from the Women's Hall of Fame so a bonus visit to both places is a must. Plus the John Sevier home is only one block away while the... More 

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Cumming, Georgia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

In Knoxville TN - tucked in the middle of an urban area you can find a small slice of Americana hidden... The James White Fort was just the right place to go for an hour or two ... exploring the accurately restored buildings, courtyard as well as the blacksmith shop, weaving building, etc ... The day was cold but they... More 

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Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The family trip to Knoxville included a trip to the James White Fort. This is a free attraction, although donations are welcomed. The day we were in town was the annual Cherokee Heritage Day so there were quite a few people there. It was very interesting with lectures, storytelling, and people in period dress describing what life was like over... More 

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Columbus OH
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209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Stop by if you have time. I had the place to myself yesterday. I wandered around the buildings with the self guided information which is very detailed. I always find it interesting to learn how people lived in the past. Made me thankful for electricity and modern conveniences! You can look around in 30 - 60 minutes - it's not... More 

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Berkeley, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

The historical home and original furnishings make this experience the best. Self guided tour with tons of information and things to look at! I was so impressed and really enjoyed it. I had the place to myself and took my time to check out everything. You won't believe how many items and details this place has! It gives you a... More 

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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I went here not expecting much, however it was fascinating, especially for people interested in history (me!). The tour guide was very nice, and helpful in answering all of my questions, and the tour was beautiful!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

This is an OK visit. By that I mean there is nothing spectacular to write home about. It is a reconstruction of the original fort not on the original site. The original site is now covered by the access highways from downtown. They do have people dressed in period clothing that give a tour/lecture to give you some sens of... More 

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