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James White Fort

205 E. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN
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Ranked #25 of 47 attractions in Knoxville
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The original Pioneer structure of Knoxville's founder.
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Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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158 reviews 158 reviews
101 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Pikeville, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012 via mobile

A good activity if you have an hour to spare. We were given a handout that explained the buildings and how the fort came about. We enjoyed our visit, but the fort was smaller than we were expecting.

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Boardman, Ohio
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63 reviews 63 reviews
40 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Stopped here while passing through the area. Friendly employee greeted me and gave me some information on the fort. It has several reconstructed buildings that give a visitor an idea of what life was like when Knoxville was settled. Biggest complaint was lack of information or signage in different buildings. Visitors received a three page self guiding tour, but it... More

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Westchester, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

Went with a group from a local Newcomers' Club. It was very interesting to hear about the history of the area and to see some of the original furnishings. Several of us did find the guide to be a bit belittling, however, when he heard several of us speak and, upon determining that we weren't native to the area, he... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

This reconstruction of James White's fort is located quite near the site of the original. A great place for kids. Log cabins, antiques. Fires in stone fireplaces in the winter. A partially shaded central courtyard is a fine place to rest and is the scene for diverse events such as weddings and a Cherokee festival throughout the year.

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Oak Ridge
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

Have been here several times but must say, there is so much to see and do and the activities are always interesting. Will be going back for the 4th of July celebration at least if not before.

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