James White's Fort, also known as White's Fort, was an 18th-century settlement that became Knoxville, Tennessee, in the United States. The name also refers to the fort, itself.To visit James White Fort on your trip to Knoxville, use our Knoxville trip planner.
The settlement of White's Fort began in 1786 by James White, a militia officer during the American Revolutionary War. When William Blount, the territorial governor of the Southwest Territory, moved the territorial capital to White's Fort in 1791, he renamed it Knoxville in honor of Henry Knox, the American Revolutionary War general and Washington's Secretary of War.
The fort itself began when James White built a cabin near what is now the corner of State Street and Clinch Avenue. This cabin soon became the center of a cluster of fortified log structures known as White's Fort. The original cabin later became the kitchen of the Kennedy House, which was built in the 1830s. In 1906, when the Kennedy house was demolished for development, Isaiah Ford bought the log structure and moved it to Woodlawn Pike. It was purchased again in 1960 by the City Association of Women's Clubs; in 1968, the timbers were reconstructed as part of the fort. The fort still stands on a bluff near its original location. Seven log cabins and the stockade fence remain. The cabins house pioneer artifacts and furnishings.
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Visit James White Fort - the first home in Knoxville. The docent tells great stories including how this cabin was relocated, built into the core of a contemporary home, and later returned to this...
Visit James White Fort - the first home in Knoxville. The docent tells great stories including how this cabin was relocated, built into the core of a contemporary home, and later returned to this... more »
This was such a pleasant surprise right in the middle of Knoxville. Pleasant little park, 5 restored cabins. The qr code walking tour was fabulous.
This was such a pleasant surprise right in the middle of Knoxville. Pleasant little park, 5 restored cabins. The qr code walking tour was fabulous. more »
It was great to tour this historic site. The free audio recordings were really helpful for my group of 7, and made sure we didn't miss any details. The man working the gift shop also came and gave my group some added details that were really useful to understanding life in the time period. It's well worth the admission price!
Very nice place to visit. Gentleman working at counter was very helpful. You can walk through several buildings and hear audio tour on your phone.
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