Historic Sites of Knoxville

Historic Sites of Knoxville

We are proud of our city and it’s rich history. Many historic buildings are located among the modern buildings of today’s business world. We encourage you to explore the city. You are sure to find or learn something new.

Here are just some of the historic sites you will find in Knoxville.

The University of Tennessee – The Hill

One of the many historic buildings on the campus of UT, which is celebrating its 225th anniversary.

Blount Mansion

This is the home of William Blount, who was the first and only Governor of the Southwest Territory.

L&N Train Depot

This is an old train station of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, which opened on April 10, 1905. The station was designed by L&N Railroad chief engineer Richard Montfort. It now houses a public high school, L&N STEM Academy.

Bijou Theater

The Bijou has a long history in downtown Knoxville. It began as The Lamar House, a premier hotel. Over the years it has been used as a playhouse, vaudeville stage, and a second-run movie house. It is now a famous venue used by talented artists from around the world.

Jackson Terminal

The building was constructed in the late 1800s and originally served as a freight depot for the East Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia Railroad. It now is an event venue and houses a restaurant/bar.

James White’s Fort

This is the home of the founder of Knoxville, James White, and considered Knoxville’s first home. Families can explore the fort and learn about life in the 1780s.

Tennessee Theatre

Originally opened in 1928 as a “premiere motion picture palace,” but it also hosted live performances. Walt Disney’s Snow White was shown here in April 1938 to a packed house – 35 times. Many legendary performers were seen at the Tennessee, such as “Ziegfeld’s Follies,” Glenn Miller, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, and many more through the years.

Historic Preservation

Helping to maintain the past for future generations is an important mission of the NSDAR and our chapter. Preserving our history has many different forms. Here are just few of our chapter’s activities: participating in cleaning and maintaining historic sites, providing grave marker for a veteran, and helping prospective members trace their lineage to the American Revolution. Click the arch to see a video on the NSDAR’s role in historic preservation.


Our chapter is passionate about education and supporting schools in our community. Here are just a few of our activities: honoring DAR Good Citizens and Junior American Citizens, providing a new American flag for one of our high schools, donating gift cards for two schools of chapter members, tutoring students, and more. Click the graduation cap to watch a video on the NSDAR’s role in education.


We strive to foster patriotism in our community, state, and nation. Our chapter regularly attends Naturalization Ceremonies to welcome some of the newest American citizens and participates in local activities to celebrate July 4th and Veterans Day. We support veterans who live at a local veterans’ home in our community, veterans attending the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and place wreaths on veterans’ graves. Click the flag to see a video on the NSDAR’s role in supporting Patriotism.