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Knoxville: The Crossroads of America

Hosted Jointly by Blount Mansion and Knoxville History Project

Blount Mansion Visitors Center (200 W. Hill Ave., downtown Knoxville, TN)

6pm, Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Tennessee celebrates 225 years of statehood this June. In this program, Dr. Chris Magra, professor of early American history at the University of Tennessee, will explore how conflict and compromise brought different people together and made it possible for Tennessee to become the sixteenth state in the Union in 1796. Of course, settlers such as William Blount, Andrew Jackson, and John Sevier had been here since the region was a U.S. territory and the State of Franklin. For the Cherokee, Tanasi is a much older place. The surprising history behind the 1795 constitutional convention that Blount led in Knoxville to start the process for statehood tells us a lot about eastern removals and westward expansion that occurred all over the country in the wake of the American Revolution.

This program will be a hybrid event. We will stream the lecture on Zoom with up to 25 participants attending in person at Blount Mansion Visitors Center. In-person attendees must register in advance by email info@blountmansion. Please give us your name and the number of individuals in your party.

If you would prefer to attend the event virtually, please visit to register and receive the Zoom link from Knoxville History Project.
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Plan Your Event at Blount Mansion!

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 House for a fee. Contact us at or call (865) 525-2375 for more information about event rental space.