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James White Fort

Address: 205 E. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN
Phone Number: 423-525-6514
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Ranked #31 of 99 things to do in Knoxville
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The original Pioneer structure of Knoxville's founder.
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The original Pioneer structure of Knoxville's founder.

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atlanta
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88 reviews 88 reviews
65 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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104 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
100 helpful votes 100 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
45 helpful votes 45 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
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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202 reviews 202 reviews
141 attraction reviews
213 helpful votes 213 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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