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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
Historic Homes of Knoxville Celebrate Tennessee Statehood Day
May 14, 2014 - June 1, 2014 marks the 218th anniversary of Tennessee's admission as the 16th state in the union. East Tennessee's most important cultural heritage sites are partnering to celebrate Statehood Day on Saturdays, May 24 and May 31. The sites include places of historical significance in the exciting journey from the creation of our country to the founding of our state.

The Historic Homes of Knoxville include: James White's Fort, Marble Springs, Ramsey House, Mabry-Hazen House, Blount Mansion and Crescent Bend. Each site will have individual ways of celebrating the birth of Tennessee. This is a free museum day to the public.

MAY 24
Celebrate Tennessee Statehood Day at Crescent Bend, Marble Springs, and Ramsey House.

MAY 31

Celebrate Tennessee Statehood Day at Blount Mansion, James White's Fort, and Mabry-Hazen House.
Celebration includes the following participating sites:

Blount Mansion

200 W. Hill Ave
Knoxville, TN 37902
Blount MansionBlount Mansion will open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 31. Construction on Blount Mansion began in 1792, making it the oldest museum in Knox County. Commemorate the creation of the state of Tennessee and celebrate the pioneers who settled and transformed the southwest territory into the vibrant state of Tennessee. For more information call 865-525-2375.

Crescent Bend

2728 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
Crescent BendCrescent Bend House and Gardens will be have free admission to the public on Saturday, May 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Historic Crescent Bend House & Gardens is one of the Southeast's finest house museums and gardens. Built in 1834 by Drury Paine Armstrong, Crescent Bend was once a 900-acre working farm and so named for its prominent setting overlooking a majestic crescent bend in the Tennessee River just west of downtown Knoxville. For more information call 865-637-3163.

James White's Fort

205 East Hill Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37915
James White's FortJames White's Fort will be open on Saturday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate Tennessee's Birthday at the Fort and learn about Open Hearth Cooking & Blacksmithing. Free Admission, but Donations gladly accepted. For more information call 865-525-6514.

Mabry-Hazen House

1711 Dandridge Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37915
Mabry-Hazen HouseMabry Hazen House will offer tours from 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on May 31. For more information call 865-522-8661.

Marble Springs

1220 W. Governor John Sevier Hwy.
Knoxville, TN 37920
Marble SpringsMarble Springs State Historic Site will commemorate with two days of living history demonstrations, including militia drills and demonstrations of 18th century life on Saturday, May 24 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and Sunday, May 25 from 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm. Marble Springs State Historic Site will commemorate this occasion with a weekend of Living History. Walk amongst Living History interpreters in 18th Century clothing portraying life on the frontier, encampments, and more. Children's activities include falling into a militia drill and playing with period toys. Blacksmithing, weaving, and open hearth cooking will be demonstrated all weekend. Activities are subject to change. Food will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.
For more information call 865-573-5508.

Ramsey House

2614 Thorngrove Pike
Knoxville, TN 37914
Ramsey HouseRamsey House Plantation will be celebrating on May 24. The site will have free tours to the public from 12 to 2 pm. Historic Ramsey House was built in 1797 by Knoxville's first builder, Thomas Hope, for Francis Alexander Ramsey, one of Knoxville's first settlers. For more information call 865-546-0745.

For Immediate Release
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