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Historic Ramsey House, Knoxville

#3 of 11 in Historic Sites in Knoxville
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · History Museum
Ramsey House was built in 1797 by Knoxville’s first builder, Thomas Hope, for Francis Alexander Ramsey. The home is constructed of Tennessee pink marble and blue limestone. It was known at that time as the finest home in Tennessee. The structure is significant for its original interior and exterior architectural features and its period decorative art collection.

The Ramsey Family was one of the first families to settle the Knoxville area. They played vital roles in developing civic, educational and cultural institutions. Colonel Francis A. Ramsey was one of the founding trustees of Blount College, now the University of Tennessee. One of his sons, Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey authored an early history of the state, The Annals of Tennessee. Another son, William B.A. Ramsey, was the first elected mayor of Knoxville and the Secretary of State for Tennessee.

The historic house was bought in 1952 by the A.P.T.A., along with one acre of land. Today, the site consists of 101.5 acres; a historic house restored and furnished to the period of Francis A. Ramsey’s occupancy (1797-1820) and a Visitor Center located in a beautiful country setting.

Historic Ramsey House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • Great spot to visit with the family, learn about our nation's great history! Protected by the Daughters of Confederacy not many places like this left or cherished anymore  more »
  • This home is so beautiful. I was itching to see the inside but we did not due to the pandemic. The Civil War era history is intriguing, as is the saga with the Brownlows.  more »
  • Interesting and important local historical site. Beautiful and well groomed grounds. Excellent and friendly staff.
  • I've been through the house twice...but my grandfather lived here back in the 1930"s when it was a rental house,, he also told me about things he saw ... one of the things was a man wearing a cowboy hat in front yard looking in a window... when he pulled his old car in front yard the cowboy just faded away... this is just one event... and there was a rumour that some people were killed and thrown down in a well that used to be on the property...I loved the old kitchen with the dirt floor... and the old fire place they cooked in,, when I went through it on the tour I was told all the furniture was original as when Alexander Ramsey lived here.

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