Knox Heritage
Knox Heritage

George Barber George F. Barber (1854-1915) was an architect known for the house designs he marketed worldwide through his mail-order catalogs. A self-taught architect, Barber’s mail-order business was inspired and modeled after the Bridgepoint, Connecticut, firm of...

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Boomerocity
Boomerocity

Jimmie Vaughan: The Story Tour In Concert Bijou Theatre • July 14 By Randy Patterson, Boomerocity.com The blues. The genre affects people in many ways. Wynton Marsalis said of it, “Everything comes out in blues music: joy, pain, struggle. Blues is affirmation with...

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The Curious History of the Peabody School
The Curious History of the Peabody School

By Shara Casey, Knox Heritage Intern An unassuming building situated on the northern edge of Old City, and now home to the county’s Democratic Party, 311 Morgan Street holds an unexpected piece of Knoxville history. The Peabody School was the first purpose-built...

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Old Gray Cemetery
Old Gray Cemetery

By Shara Casey, Knox Heritage Intern Located across from St. John’s Lutheran Church, on the corner of Tyson Street and North Broadway, Old Gray Cemetery is a beautiful example of the rural cemetery movement that was at the forefront of public design when it was...

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A.J. Croce’s Got a Name and Plays by Request
A.J. Croce’s Got a Name and Plays by Request

By Randy Patterson Say the name “Croce” in front of music-loving baby boomers or people who love the music of our generation and great music comes to mind. Songs like “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” “Time in a Bottle,” and “I Got a Name”...

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Knox Heritage: A Community of Preservationists
Knox Heritage: A Community of Preservationists

Preserving the Past to Invest in the Future In 1974, the Bijou Theatre was threatened by demolition and neglect, but a group of concerned citizens was determined not to let that happen; this is how Knox Heritage was born. In the decades since, our community of...

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Knox Heritage
Knox Heritage

Celebrate the Holiday Season at Historic Westwood Historic Westwood is one of Knoxville’s premier historic house experiences. Celebrate the holidays in grand style at the beautiful former residence of artist Ann Adelia Armstrong Lutz. Listed on the National Register...

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Knox Heritage
Knox Heritage

Westmoreland Water Wheel and Gatepost The Westmoreland Water Wheel and Gatepost are located at the intersection of Sherwood Drive and Westland Drive just west of Northshore Drive. Together, these structures mark the eastern entrance to the Westmoreland Heights...

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Knox Heritage
Knox Heritage

Emory Place: A Rich History of Knoxville’s Early Development Emory Place is a short, two block long, divided street located near the intersection of N. Central Street and N. Broadway. It was developed in 1888 by The Central Market Company, a syndicate chartered to...

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Knox Heritage
Knox Heritage

Island Home: A Neighborhood Rich in Knoxville History The iconic South Knoxville neighborhood of Island Home is named after the model farm and the country home of prominent Knoxville resident Perez Dickinson (1813-1901). Dickinson was a Massachusetts-born merchant,...

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Knox Heritage

The Burwell Building and the Curious Case of “The Human Fly” On April 7, 1918, spectators lined Gay Street to catch a glimpse of George G. Polley, a.k.a. The Original “Human Fly,” attempt a most spectacular stunt - climbing all 10 stories of the 1907 Burwell Building...

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Same Building, Two Histories
Same Building, Two Histories

Charles McClung McGhee (1828-1907) was a Knoxville industrialist, banker, real estate developer, railroad magnate, and philanthropist. Born in Monroe County, Tennessee, his father was a wealthy farmer and his mother was the daughter of surveyor Charles McClung, who is...

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