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This is a free event open to the public. We hope that all of Knoxville might come to celebrate with us and hear these great speakers talk on the importance of the Consitution and why it is still very much relevant after 229 years. This year more than any time in recent history the Constitution is once again a widely discussed topic. Come and learn why. For addition information call 865-525-2375 or email info@blountmansion.org. 

Join the Baker Center in celebrating Constitution Day by attending this Baker Café, hosted by Dr. John Scheb from the UT Political Science Department and various panelists from other disciplines. Together, they will discuss (and perhaps argue about!) issues and topics related to our Constitution's 2nd Amendment. The panel discussion will be held in the Hodges Library on the 2nd floor. 

https://www.utk.edu/events/index.php?eID=63256

 

 

History Supper September 21st Boyd's Jig and Reel

On September 21st we are having the next in our History Supper speaker series at Boyd’s Jig and Reel in the Old City. Dr. Bill Hardwig will present A World within the World: Cormac McCarthy’s Knoxville in Suttree. Dr. Hardwig will be examining the Knoxville McCarthy knew 

and it’s relation to the Blount Mansion and downtown Knoxville.  Tickets are $65 and you can RSVP by calling 865-525-2375, by emailing info@blountmansion.org or you can buy them online at: https://squareup.com/market/blount-mansion/history-supper-september-st-suttree

Upcoming Events here at Blount Mansion

 

It is an exciting time here at Blount Mansion. We have some great programming coming up as we head into fall!

First on Saturday September 19th we are having our Constitution Day Open House. The house will open to the public free of charge to celebrate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in the house of the only delegate to settle outside of his original state.

 

Then on October 1st we are having our Garden and Gallery Membership Party. This is going to be a fun evening as we welcome all our new members and show off what all we have been working on here at the house and in the Visitors Center. We encourage all of our members to come and see the new exhibit “The Governor’s House Through the Centuries”, have some wine and stroll through our gardens and have a peek at the newly furnished house. It is a free event and memberships will be available at the door.  Drinks and light refreshments will be served.

We hope to see you all at our next events!


May 29, 2015 | 6:30-9:00 - Annual Statehood Day Party 

Join us on May 29th to enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the beautiful gardens and Blount Mansion.  Our new exhibit, The Governor's House Through the Years, will be open that evening to all Statehood attendees. 

Buy tickets online by clicking this link.

Individual tickets are $100.00 in advance and $110 at the door.  

 

Thank you to our hosts and corporate sponsors for Statehood Day:

Ambassador and Mrs. Victor Ashe

Ann and Steve Bailey

Mary Lee and Paul Bergeron

Mary Ellen and Steve Brewington

Joseph and Cindy Emert

Anna and Tom Ford

Shelby and Bryan Ford

Dee and Jimmy Haslam

Natalie and Jim Haslam

Molly and Bob Joy

Barbara and Dale Keasling

Nancy Kelly and Doug White

Sherri Parker Lee

Mark Love

Leighann and Traver Madden

Lindsay and Jim McDonough

Sara Phillips

Anne and Gaines Pittenger

Margaret Rigsby

Debby Schriver

Whitney and Jared Smith

Lisa and Kenan Smith

Dorothy and Caesar Stair

Connie Taylor

 

Corporate:

Crowe Horwath, LLP

The Trust Company

Pilot/Flying J

Johnson and Galyon

Visit Knoxville

James R. Knight, Author of Hood's Tennessee Campaign: The Desperate Venture of a Desperate Man

John Bell Hood and the Civil War in Tennessee

 

April 6, 2015 @ 6pm

Location: The Grill at Highland’s Row

4705 Old Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

 

History Press, Inc. reviews the content of Knight’s Hood’s Tennessee Campaign by saying of the battles: “The Tennessee Campaign of November and December 1864 was the Southern Confederacy’s last significant offensive operation of the Civil War. General John Bell Hood of the Confederate Army of Tennessee attempted to capture Nashville, the final realistic chance for a battlefield victory against the Northern juggernaut. Hood’s former West Point instructor, Major General George Henry Thomas, led the Union force, fighting those who doubted him in his own army as well as Hood’s Confederates. Through the bloody, horrific battles at Spring Hill, Franklin and Nashville and a freezing retreat to the Tennessee River, Hood ultimately failed. Civil War historian James R. Knight chronicles the Confederacy’s last real hope at victory and its bitter disappointment.”

 

Buy tickets online at this link; or call 865-525-2375 to reserve your spot. 

 

 

February 3 @ 6pm

Winter History Supper featuring Dr. Joan Markel at the Boyd's Jig and Reel

Belle Boyd, Confederate Spy

Location: Boyd’s Jig and Reel

101 S Central St, Knoxville, TN 37902

 

Belle Boyd, a spy for the Confederacy, stayed in Knoxville at the Blount Mansion with her relatives during the Civil War.  Learn more about the woman, her life and times, and Knoxville during the Civil War at Boyd’s Jig and Reel in the Old City.

 

RSVP By January 30, 2015 – spaces are limited

Buy tickets online at this link; or call 865-525-2375 to reserve your spot. 

 

A Link Across Time - Bold Preservation,
Past and Present: A Progressive Dinner

Friday November 7th, 2014; 5:30 PM

Blount Mansion and the Mary Boyce Temple House

 

In 1926, Mary Boyce Temple wrote a check for $100 to save the Blount Mansion from the wrecking ball. William Blount, the first and only territorial governor of what would become the great state of Tennessee, built the Blount Mansion in 1792. Blount, a signer of the U.S. Constitution, built the house for his wife, Mary Grainger Blount, and their family.  Blount Mansion is Knoxville’s only National Historic Landmark.

 

Almost 100 years after Mary Boyce Temple saved the Blount Mansion, her house, located only a few blocks from Blount Mansion, stood empty and derelict. Brian Pittman, a local architect and preservation enthusiast, had the vision and determination to save the home of this fascinating figure from Knoxville’s past.

 

Join the Blount Mansion Association and Brian Pittman for a fantastic evening of stories, camaraderie, food and drinks on November 7th, 2014. Come hear about the incredible vision of preservationists connected across time and tour both homes saved through perseverance and dreams.

 

The evening starts at the Blount Mansion, located at 200 West Hill Avenue at 5:30 p.m.  Join us for drinks, hors-d’ouevres and a short presentation by Brian Pittman, the owner of the Temple-Pittman House and the staff of Blount Mansion about connected preservation efforts.

 

Guests will then progress to the Temple-Pittman House at 623 W. Hill Avenue, the newly restored home of Mary Boyce Temple. Mr. Pittman will welcome guests with drinks and dessert, as well as a showcase of historic photos and stories of theses amazing houses connected through time.

 

The most adventuresome among our group can take a quick walking detour to visit the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, which is the final resting place of William and Mary Blount.

 

Tickets will be $100 per person, with funds raised going to benefit the continued preservation of the Blount Mansion, as well as educational programs at the site. Free parking will be available at the Blount Mansion Visitor’s Center and the Dwight Kessell Parking Garage across the street. Transportation between Blount Mansion and the Temple-Pittman Home will be available upon request.

 

 

The Mysterious Past of Blount Mansion:
Legends, Customs, &  Myths

Legends, Customs, and Myths will be the focus of these special, candlelight and flashlight tours of the Blount Mansion.  Learn about deaths, customs, and stories from staff and visitors about the strange happenings and legends of this historic property.  We will also allow the most adventurous visitors into the  spooky Craighead-Jackson House for the first time in several years.   You don't want to miss this special opportunity to learn some history, and maybe get a bit spooked!

$10 per person

 

Fall History Supper

October 13, 2014 @ The Grill at Highlands Row

Cash Bar opens at 5:30
Dinner begins at 6:00

Join the Blount Mansion Association for an evening of food and fun at the Grill at Highland Row, featuring speakers Gordon T. Belt and Traci Nichols-Belt. Gordon and Traci will be in attendance to discuss their new book, John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero, as well as Sevier's relationship with William Blount.  

 

About John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero

A celebrated soldier, admired politician and founding father of the state of Tennessee, John Sevier led an adventurous life. He commanded a frontier militia into battle against British Loyalists at Kings Mountain. He waged a relentless war against the Cherokees in his effort to claim America's first frontier. He forged the state of Franklin from the western lands of North Carolina and later became Tennessee's first governor. Following his death, Sevier's accomplishments faded from public memory, but years later, writers resurrected his image through romanticized accounts of his exploits, relying heavily on folk tales and recollections from aging pioneers. Thus, life and legend intertwined. Join authors Gordon T. Belt and Traci Nichols-Belt as they examine John Sevier's extraordinary life through the lens of history and memory, shedding new light on this remarkable Tennessee figure.

 

 

Statehood Dinner

June 6, 2014

Our Statehood Celebration for 2014 promises to be bigger and better.  Join us on June 6th to enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the beautiful gardens and walk through the empty Blount Mansion.  Our new exhibit, Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812, will open that same evening to all Statehood attendees.  The exhibit is made possible by the Tennessee State Museum and Humanities Tennessee. 

Buy tickets online by clicking this link.

 

Individual tickets are $100.00.  Host sponsorships are available for $500.00 and include 2 tickets to the party.  Corporate sponsorships for $1,000.00 include 4 tickets to the event.

 

Thank you to our hosts and corporate sponsors for Statehood Day 2014

Platinum

J&F Mechanical 

Pilot/Flying J Corporation

Joseph K. Oppermann, Architect P.A.

Gold

Crowe Horwath, LLP

Johnson and Galyon Construction

Hosts

Joan and Victor Ashe
Ann and Steve Bailey
Mary Lee and Paul Bergeron
Jenny and Randy Boyd
Shelby and Bryan Ford
Anna and Tom Ford
Natalie and Jim Haslam
Dee and Jimmy Haslam
Molly and Bob Joy
Barbara and Dale Keasling
Nancy Kelly
Sherri Lee
Leighann and Traver Madden
Lindsay and Jim McDonough
Sara Phillips
Anne and Gaines Pittenger
Sharon and Joe Pryse
Margaret and Hunter Rigsby
Diana and Bob Samples
Debby and Rob Schriver
Whitney and Jared Smith
Lisa and Kenan Smith
Dorothy and Caesar Stair
Connie Taylor
Doug White

 

Check back often to learn more about our upcoming events!

 


Proceeds from all tours and events help fund Blount Mansion Association's Education and Outreach programs as well as ongoing operations.

 

The Blount Mansion Association thanks the Arts and Heritage Fund of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Greater Knoxville for support of our programs.

 

 

Thank you to our other sponsors

Johnson and Galyon

First Tennessee Foundation

Humanities Tennessee

J&F Mechanical

Pilot/Flying J Corporation

Joseph K. Oppermann, Architect P.A.

     

 

   

 

 

 

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plan your event

The Blount Mansion Visitors Center and gardens are available for use for special events throughout the year.

The Visitors Center can comfortably seat about 80 people theater-style and approximately 40-50 people for a sit down dinner. The space can accommodate about 100 for a standing reception. A small, fully-equipped kitchen and tables and chairs are also available upon request. Rental fees vary depending on size of group, date and time, and set up.
Local, community-based, non-profit organizations are encouraged to use the Blount Mansion Visitors Center and Craighead-Jackson Education Center for a fee.

Contact us at info@blountmansion.org for more information about event rental space.


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