Knoxville and Vicinity

The American Museum of Science and Energy

300 S. Tulane Ave

Oak Ridge, TN 37830

865 576-3200


Originally The American Museum of Atomic Energy, the museum opened in 1949 in an old wartime cafeteria. Its guided tours took visitors through the peaceful uses of atomic energy. The present facility, opened in 1975, continues to provide the general public with energy information. With the slogan of " Where science and History Meet", the museum serves as a center for exploration dedicated to personalizing science and technology.



The Museum of Appalachia

P.O. Box 1189

Norris, TN 3782

865-494-7680 or 865- 494-051


The Museum of Appalachia was opened in the late 1960s with one log building, the General Bunch House, on a two-acre plot. Now it has grown to 65 acres, including dozens of authentic log structures, a large Display Building, an extensive Craft and Gift (and Antique) Shop, a Restaurant, the Mountain Heritage Room, the popular Appalachian Hall of Fame Building, the People's Building, and over a quarter million items. It was the intention of Museum founder & CEO John Rice Irwin to aim for the "lived-in" look, striving for, above all else, authenticity. It was his goal to make the Bunch House, the Arnwine Cabin, and all the other dwellings appear as though the family had just strolled down to the spring to fetch the daily supply of water.



Blount Mansion

200 West Hill Ave

Knoxville, TN 37901



Blount Mansion was built by William Blount, Governor of the Southwest Territory in 1792. The mansion served as the capital of the territory and was the birthplace of the state of Tennessee. The museum offers several programs for K-12 grades that explore themes relevant to Tennessee's beginnings



Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection

601 S Gay St

3rd Floor

Knoxville, TN 37902



The Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection is the local history and genealogy department of the Knox County Public Library System. The McClung Collection's primary focus is East Tennessee; it holds one of the country's leading research collections for that region. The McClung Collection is a reference and research collection. None of the books or library materials circulates, and none are available for interlibrary loan.



Confederate Memorial Hall (Bleak House)

3148 Kingston PK

Knoxville, Tn 37919



The House was completed in 1858 for Robert and Louise Franklin Armstrong.It served as headquarters of General James Longstreet, C.S.A. during the siege of Knoxville in 1863. Students learn about the architecture, design, and furnishings of the house, while also exploring the lives of the Armstrong family during the Antebellum and Civil War periods. Discussion is also provided regarding the campaign for East Tennessee and reasons for pro-secession feeling and support in the region. Chapter 89 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy maintains Confederate Memorial Hall.



The East Tennessee Historical Society

601 S. Gay Street

Knoxvill, TN 37902



The East Tennessee Historical Society introduces students to more than 200 years of East Tennessee's and the nation's history. Currently being renovated it will document the people, places, events, and themes of the region's past. Hand-on programs will be available allowing students the opportunity to "read" and interpret history as historians and curators might.



Farragut Folk Life Museum

11408 Municipal Center DR

Farragut, TN 37922



Located in the Farragut Town Hall, the museum preserves the heritage of the historical east Tennessee community with exhibits of early schools, churches, people, and events. Highlighting the museum is the Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Gallery, with documents, books, letters, scrimshaw and personal items of the first Admiral of the United States Navy and Civil War hero. Other exhibits include military, early tools, railroads, and local marble industry.



Frank H. McClung Museum, University of Tennessee

1027 Circle Park Dr

Knoxville, TN 37996



Programs are available for different grades in several galleries Programs apply to art, science, and social studies curricula, including Archeology and the Native Peoples, Ancient Egypt, The Decorative Experience, Lucy and Her Relatives (human ancestors) and Geology and the Fossil History of Tennessee.



James White Fort

205 E Hill Ave

Knoxville, TN 37915



James White Fort seeks to share our heritage as reflected through its buildings, artifacts, and surroundings which present an honest interpretation of frontier life with particular emphasis on James White, statesman and businessman. Tours events, and supplemental educational programs are offered to school groups.



Mabry-Hazen House

1711 Dandridge Ave

Knoxville, TN 37915



The Mabry-Hazen House, a plantation home built by Joseph A Mabry, Jr. in 1858, served as the residence of three generations of a prominent Knoxville family and housed both Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Opened as a museum in 1992, the restored house contains one of the largest intact collections of artifacts related to the history of East Tennessee. The house explores upper middle class life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as telling the story of a family that helped to convert Knoxville from an antebellum town to a modern city. The museum facilities also encompass Bethel Cemetery, the burial site of over 1600 Civil War soldiers.



Marble Springs-Home of Governor John Sevier

1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway

Knoxville, TN 37920



The plantation home of Tennessee's first governor (1796-1809) is state-owned and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Seven original and reconstructed log buildings represent a glimpse of pioneer life as well as some of Sevier's furnishings and other items of the period. The site includes a visitor's center with a trading post, a pavilion, and an outdoor stage.



Old Gray Cemetery

P.O. Box 806

Knoxville, TN 37901



Students can take a walk through Knoxville history at Old Gray Cemetery, a 13 acre Victoria park-like setting, where some of Knoxville's most gifted and historically important citizens lie buried.



Ramsey House Plantation

2614 Thorngrove Pk

Knoxville, TN 37914



The 1797 Ramsey House was built for Col. Francis Alexander Ramsey, a surveyor who devoted his life to civil and community service as apart of the early westward expansion of America. Built of native limestone and marble, Ramsey House stands on over 100 acres of the original 500-acre tract. This late Georgian house was designed and built by Thomas Hope and is authentically to reflect the household during Col. Ramsey's lifetime.



The University of Tennessee

Department of History

915 Volunteer Boulevard

6th Floor Dunford Hall

Knoxville, TN 37996




Established in1905, the history department of the University of Tennessee is one of the partners in the TRVC Teaching American History project.