KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – June 1, 2017 will be the 221st anniversary of Tennessee’s admission as the 16th state in the year 1796. In conjunction with the Historic Homes of Knoxville, a living history weekend takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 27 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 28 at Marble Springs State Historic Site.
Guests can experience 18th-century demonstrations like wood carving, spinning and weaving, 18th-century style militia drills, weapons demonstrations, and much more.
This event is free. Donations are appreciated with all proceeds going towards grounds maintenance and educational programming at Marble Springs.
For details about the Historic Home of Knoxville and their participation in Statehood Day, visit www.hhknoxville.org.
Programming assistance for this event is provided by Knox County. Marble Springs is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission, and supplemented by additional funds raised by the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association.
About Marble Springs State Historic Site
Marble Springs State Historic Site is the last remaining home of John Sevier. Born in Virginia in 1745, John Sevier made a name for himself as a Revolutionary War Hero during the Battle of Kings Mountain (1780), a key player & Governor of the short-lived State of Franklin (1784-1788), and ultimately was elected to serve as the first Governor of the State of Tennessee (1796).
Marble Springs was the approximate 350-acre farm that Sevier lived on from 1801-1815, the last years of his life. Sevier named his farm Marble Springs because of the Tennessee Pink Marble that was quarried on site and the natural springs that flowed on the property.
While visiting Marble Springs, you will have the opportunity to tour several historic structures that are designed to represent various aspects of John Sevier’s life & times. These structures include: the Tavern, Loom House, Smoke House, Spring House & the John Sevier Cabin and detached kitchen.
Anna Chappelle, Executive Director