The Southern Terminal is a former railway complex located at 306 West Depot Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. The complex, which includes a passenger terminal and express depot adjacent to a large railyard, was built in 1903 by the Southern Railway. Both the terminal and depot were designed by noted train station architect Frank Pierce Milburn (1868–1926). In 1985, the terminal complex, along with several dozen warehouses and storefronts in the adjacent Old City and vicinity, were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Southern Terminal and Warehouse Historic District.Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Knoxville fast, fun, and easy.
During the 1850s, the arrival of the railroad— namely the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad and its predecessor lines— transformed Knoxville from a small river town of just over 2,000 residents to one of the southeast's major wholesaling centers. Wholesaling firms built dozens of large warehouses along Jackson Avenue and adjacent streets, where smalltown merchants from across East Tennessee would purchase goods and supplies to resell at rural general stores. In 1894, the ETV&G was absorbed by the Southern Railway,which in turn became part of the Norfolk Southern Railway in 1982.
Historic Southern Railway Station reviews
In May, while staying in Knoxville for but a short time, I discovered the Southern Railroad Station, and being the “train buff,” that I am, could not let the opportunity pass. Unfortunately, this... more »
Historic and educational. My family and I enjoyed going through the old railroad cars and visiting the historic Depot. I was hired by Southern Railroad in this Depot in 1976 and was blessed with a 39 year career retiring in 2014 as a Locomotive Engineer. Free admission
Southern Railway is absolutely beautiful! It has rooms for both bride and groom to get ready as well as multiple locations for your ceremony and reception. The historical architecture is perfect for a wedding ceremony and there are plenty of locations for photos. I would recommend this venue to everyone!
Plan your trip to Knoxville
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Knoxville
Side trips from Knoxville
Hidden gems in Knoxville
Parks in Knoxville
Shopping in Knoxville
Trips to Historic Southern Railway Station by other users
8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Knoxville Asheville Charleston 7 days in Middle Tennessee & East Tennessee BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Lynchburg Chattanooga Ducktown 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Nashville Knoxville Gatlinburg 11 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Los Angeles Grand Canyon National Park Albuquerque 45 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Tupelo Irondale Greenville 5 days in Nashville, Knoxville & Gatlinburg BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Nashville Knoxville Gatlinburg