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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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Nice 1700s Homestead of Knoxville Founder

We were really surprised by the reconstruction of the "James White Fort". James White was the original settler in the area that grew to be Knoxville. It is really interesting to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Gold Hill, North Carolina
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Gold Hill, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We were really surprised by the reconstruction of the "James White Fort". James White was the original settler in the area that grew to be Knoxville. It is really interesting to visit the old log structures including main house, kitchen, smokehouse, outhouse, guest house, blacksmith shop, etc. Tour was all self-guided using a several page detailed typed guide, so there... More 

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Tennessee
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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The charm of the fort is to wander at will though meticulously reconstructed living and working quarters of the 1700s. I've been several times and we have always been the only visitors. So you aren't rushed and can truly feel the space. The downside is that you are given a densely written handout that explains what you are seeing. There... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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34 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Quite a unique little bundle of history located close to downtown Knoxville. Awesome place for special events! Check their event calendar there is almost always something fun planned and Sam, the guy who runs the place is a wealth of information and fun!!!!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A great historical place to visit. I have chaperoned trips here for my daughter's school as well as visited independently. The main house is fascinating and the grounds are a physical history of Knoxville. So much to learn and see about one''s town and the guides are extremely knowledgeable and open to questions.

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Lenoir City, Tennessee
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79 reviews 79 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The fort is so well maintained, with some original furnishings. I was surprised by now large the property actually is. So very interesting, with a great story to tell.

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Bay Village, Ohio
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169 reviews 169 reviews
78 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

It is a replica of the first settlement. You will learn some neat history of the area. They worked hard to give the correct historical conditions of the time. The staff is friendly and geared to answer your questions. You will need to go during the week, closed on weekends. It was $6.00 for seniors. For good history and realistic... More 

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atlanta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The James WHite Fort is small, but the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The docents were dressed in clothing which enhanced the experience. We learned about life in Knowville in the earlier years and city founder James White The fort is a reprodcution as the original has been destroyed. The fort is right across the street from the Women's Basketball... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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133 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

What a wonderful place to visit to see what life was really like around the Civil War time period. They have kept the fort in historically correct condition while inserting nostalgic memorabilia to which most (at least I) can relate. My self guided tour was not only fascinating, but educational. From cramped sleeping quarters, kitchen, garden, ham smoke house, blacksmith... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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128 reviews 128 reviews
25 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

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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