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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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Great spot for history buffs right downtown.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 21, 2015
John C
Maryville, Tennessee
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Robinson, Illinois
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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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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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 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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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

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.

3 Thank david v
Knoxville, Tennessee
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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.

4 Thank blmartin
Knoxville Tennessee
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62 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 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.

2 Thank Silentflier
Knoxville, Tennessee
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The fort is located one block from Blount Mansion at Hill and Hall of Fame. In the 1780s, James White settled at the Tennessee River on the Hill. The Fort was known to all and was the site of the signing of the Holston. Today the fort has been restored with the original two story house and kitchen. The cabins... More 

3 Thank lesley_arick
Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Great site. Great preserved Fort. Real interesting to see a so well preserved fort overlooking the river.

1 Thank Erik S
Gold Hill, North Carolina
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31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

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 

4 Thank althetraveler

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