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Blount Mansion, c. 1910s Early open house, c. 1938 South face of Blount Mansion South face of Blount Mansion Members lay a wreath on William Blount's grave

history of the association

By 1925, the area around the Blount Mansion had been allowed to seriously deteriorate. Slums existed in the waterfront area. Blount Mansion was in seriously run-down condition. Across the street from the Mansion site, the Andrew Johnson Hotel was under construction as part of a downtown revitalization. Efforts were underway to purchase the Blount Mansion property, and raze the only home of a signer of the U.S. Constitution outside of the 13 original states for hotel parking. Local figures such as Mrs. B.B. Cates, Dr. James Hoskins, a Dean at the University of Tennessee and President of the East Tennessee Historical Society, and Miss Mary Boyce Temple, a regent of the Bonny Kate Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, spearheaded the effort to save Blount Mansion.

Mary Temple gave her check for $100 to secure the option on the property in November of 1925, and on November 17, 1926, Blount Mansion Association, Inc., was established to preserve the property. Miss Temple served as the first President of the Association. The Mansion was restored and opened for tours in 1930, the same year the last loan of the $31,500 purchase price was paid in full. Now, Blount Mansion, designated as Knoxville's only National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service in 1965, has become the oldest museum in Knox County.

 

 

 

 

board of directors

President · Dorothy Stair
Vice President · Jared Smith
Secretary · Anne Pittenger
Treasurer · Courtney Whitt

 Shelby Ford · Samantha Edwards· Will Haslam · Kim Denton · Mark Love · Brian Pittman · Jim McDonough · Summer McMillan · Sara Phillips · Laura Davis · Debby Schriver · Connie Taylor · David Hearnes, Executive Director · Emily Ellis, Assistant Director

Advisory Directors: Dan Brown · Dean Rice 

Blount Mansion is owned and operated by the Blount Mansion Association, Inc., a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to preserving the Blount Mansion, and inspiring an appreciation of national, state, and local history through the site and the lives of those who lived and worked there. Blount Mansion was the home and capitol of the first and only governor of the Southwest Territory, William Blount, his family, and his slaves. Blount was a signer of the U.S. Constitution and played a pivotal role in Tennessee becoming the sixteenth state.
national historic landmark plaque

200 w. hill ave, knoxville, tn 37902 · Mail to: po box 1703, knoxville, tn 37901 · 865-525-2375 ·