Knoxville’s enduring gem: the Blount Mansion

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Knoxville’s architectural crown belongs to the Blount Mansion, a symbol of the city’s rich history. Built between 1792 and 1796 by William Blount, Tennessee’s first governor, it stands as the oldest surviving structure in Knoxville. Constructed in the Federal style, it served as a home, office, and social center for Blount. Today, the meticulously restored Blount Mansion operates as a museum and is the city’s only National Historic Landmark and oldest operating museum, opening in 1926. Visitors can explore the well-preserved rooms furnished in period style, gaining a glimpse into early Knoxville life and the legacy of a prominent figure.

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