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Craighead-Jackson Education Center
Craighead-Jackson Education Center


Blount Mansion: the birthplace of the state of Tennessee and your ultimate Field Trip destination for statehood week, US history, colonial government, and life in the 18th century. We can also host field trips for home school groups.

Supplemental materials can be arranged for teachers as requested.

Students who are interested in making their own ink for quill pens after visiting should visit the Vinegar Institute for a berry ink recipe.

School Group Information

The William Blount Mansion Association is a 501 (c) 3 organization chartered under Tennessee law with a stated mission to heighten the public’s knowledge, appreciation and understanding of William Blount and the Blount Mansion by preserving the site and providing quality educational and cultural experiences. Educating the public, especially children, about the Blount family, other Knoxville families, and life in Tennessee is our mission.

Your class can relive a day in the past with unique tour experiences and enrichment activities designed to meet current educational standards.

Field Trip Fast Facts

Times and Days

School programs are scheduled Tuesday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. We recommend making reservations several months in advance if you would like a particular day and time. Monday field trips can be arranged with advance notice. For information about the day of your field trip, please click here.


Cost is $4 per student, teacher or chaperone. Payment must be made in full with one form of payment for all students and adults at time of arrival with checks made payable to Blount Mansion Association. All bus drivers and one teacher or chaperone per fifteen students are admitted free of charge.


If you would like to schedule a program for your school, you must make a reservation at least two weeks in advance. You do not have a reservation until we have confirmed arrangements and you have received written confirmation. To make a reservation, please contact Assistant Director Emily Ellis at 865-525-2375 or


A deposit for your program of $100 is due 14 days prior to your visit. Payment must be received in order for the field trip to occur. If the Blount Mansion Association does not receive payment, your trip will be cancelled. The deposit is a partial payment of your program fee and will be subtracted from the total amount due at time of arrival.

Please send payment to:

Blount Mansion Association
Attn: Education
PO Box 1703
Knoxville, TN 37901

Group Size Limits

The Blount Mansion Association can accommodate groups of various sizes, but logistics will need to be discussed ahead of time if the group is larger than 60.


The Blount Mansion Association requires one chaperone for every 20 students. Chaperones are required to participate in the program and assist the Site Interpreter in managing students. For more information, see the Chaperone Guide.

Lunch Facilities

We have several acres on the property suitable for a picnic for groups of various sizes. In cold or rainy weather, the Visitors Center is available. For your convenience, there are several rectangular tables and chairs available in the storage room that require set-up and must be cleaned and returned to their original location following their use. Arrangements must be made in advance. Clean-up is the responsibility of the school group, and all trash must be disposed of in the proper receptacles. 


A written confirmation will be emailed to the organization point of contact prior to your scheduled program. It will include instructions for program payment, bus drop-off information, and pre-visit classroom lesson plans.


Cancellations must be made in writing seven business days prior to the reserved date for the $100 deposit to be returned, less a $25 administrative fee. The Blount Mansion Association will retain the full deposit if the cancellation is received less than seven business days prior to the reserved date. The Blount Mansion Association reserves the right to postpone due to inclement weather. The program will be rescheduled for a later date at no additional charge. When Knox County Schools are closed for inclement weather, the Blount Mansion Association is closed, and programs will be rescheduled.

Museum Shop

While in the gift shop, students must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please inform your students that Tennessee has a sales tax of 9.75% and ask the students to have their money neatly arranged before going to the register.

Student Code of Conduct

We expect all students to respect the Site Interpreter and chaperones as well as the historic structures and artifacts. Each teacher is required to inform their students of the expected behavior and to sign and return a Code of Conduct at time of arrival.

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If you are a teacher and are interested in assisting with educational programming here at Blount Mansion, please email


The Blount Mansion Association thanks the City of Knoxville, Knox County, the Tennessee Historical Commission, the Arts and Heritage Fund, and other generous contributors for helping us offer educational and outreach programs to the community.

lesson plans

All lesson plans follow Tennessee State Curriculum. Click on a title to download.

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