From a rough frontier settlement to a grand state capital to the attractive city you see today, the history of Knoxville is a vivid tale of the trials and triumphs of a growing town and a growing nation. It’s a wild and often surprising tale marvelously told by the city’s most historic homes. From log cabins to frame houses to stately stone mansions, these seven Knoxville landmarks invite you into the past to experience the times and events that shaped them and the families who occupied them. Each is a chapter of history unto itself. And yet, together, they exemplify and celebrate the continuing pioneering spirit that created Knoxville and our great nation.


The Historic House Museums of Knoxville is a local partnership between seven historic homes and the Museum of East Tennessee History that offer guided tours throughout the year. You can visit each site individually, or visit all of the sites by purchasing a PastPort in person at one of the following locations: James White’s Fort, Blount Mansion, Marble Springs, Historic Ramsey House, Mabry-Hazen House, Westwood, Museum of East Tennessee History, or Visit Knoxville. In addition, each historic site offers special events throughout the year as well as rental options. For tours in January or February, please contact the sites in advance. Thank you for your interest in Knoxville’s history!