Blount Mansion#10 in Best Things To Do in Knoxville
Built in 1792, Blount Mansion, designated a National Historic Landmark, was the home of the first and only governor of the Southwest Territory, William Blount. The building was also considered the territory's capitol. Blount was a signer of the U.S. Constitution and played an important role in Tennessee becoming America's 16th state.
The mansion is surprisingly interesting and fun to peruse, according to recent visitors, who also said the guides are knowledgeable and friendly. Unlike most homes built at the time, Blount's home was made of timber rather than of rough logs or hand-hewn beams. The original "mansion" was just a hall and parlor house with two rooms downstairs and a half-story loft for sleeping. Over time, two wings were added, enlarging the property. The detached kitchen is modeled after a common 18th-century kitchen and the Governor's Office was a typical law office of the 1790s.
The mansion is open March through December, Tuesday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours begin at the top of each hour, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 4. In January and February, tours are by appointment only. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Visit the venue's website for more information.
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#1 Market Square
Since the 1860s, Market Square has been a community center of Knoxville, with shops, restaurants, cafes and bars drawing a large number of locals and visitors. Recent travelers said it's a lively and fun place to walk around, with plenty of places to eat or just hang out. From outdoor concerts and movies to Shakespeare on the Square and other live entertainment, the area is usually bustling. There are also two water play fountains, a magnet for kids in warm weather.
From May through November on Wednesday and Saturday, the open-air Market Square Farmers Market offers products grown or made by vendors in the East Tennessee region. Products, which vary by the seasons, include eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, baked goods, coffee, crafts and much more.
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