Historical Markers in
Knox County, Tennessee

2111 Terrace Avenue 400 Mulvaney Street 79th New York Infantry (Highlanders) Monument A National Cemetery System Address by President Lincoln Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Monument Admiral Farragut's Birthplace After the Civil War Airplane Filling Station Albert Milani Alfred Buffat Homeplace Andrew Johnson Office Plaza Archibald Roane Archie Campbell / Chet Atkins Asbury Methodist Church Back Door to Knoxville Ball Camp Battery Wiltsie Battle of Campbell's Station Battle of Campbell's Station Beauford Delaney Beauford Delaney Beauford Delaney / Joseph Delaney Birthplace of Admiral Farragut Bleak House Blount Mansion Buffat Mill Burial Mound Burn Memorial Byington C. Kermit "Buck" Ewing Campbell Station Captain Charles T. McMillan II Catherine Wiley Cavett's Station Central United Methodist Church Charles Christopher Krutch Charles Krutch Charlie Oaks Chisholm Tavern Chisolm's Tavern Civil War Hospital Civil War Knoxville Commemorating the Treaty of Holston Confederate Cemetery Confederate States of America Camp Van Dorn Cormac McCarthy Cowan, McClung and Company Building / Fidelity Building Creation of the Southeastern Conference David Campbell builds a station David Glasgow Farragut David Madden Death of Gen. William P. Sanders Death of General William P. Sanders Desegregation of the University of Tennessee During the Civil War Elvis Presley Fallen Military Heroes of Bearden High Farragut Schools: Early Years Farragut Schools: Recent Years Father Abram J. Ryan First African American Church First Baptist Church First Presbyterian Church Fort Adair Fort Byington Fort Dickerson Fort Dickerson Fort Dickerson Fort Dickerson Fort Dickerson 1863–64 Fort Higley Fort Sanders Fort Sanders Fort Sanders U.D.C. Monument Forts Dickerson and Stanley Fountain City Schools Fountain City United Methodist Church Frances Hodgson Burnett Home Site From Scuffletown to Sunsphere Gay Street Gay Street and the Civil Rights Movement General Clifton Bledsoe Cates George Mann Governor John Sevier Greek Revival Herbert H. Hoover Hubris Building In Grateful Memory to the Defenders of Cavett Blockhouse Indian Mound James Agee James Park House James Rufus Agee James White John Sevier Farmstead Journal Arcade Building Katherine Sherrill Sevier Knox County Spanish American War Monument Knox County World War II Memorial Knoxville Knoxville Knoxville College Knoxville National Cemetery Knoxville: A Divided City Knoxville's Market House Knoxville's Old Custom House / Fiddlin' Bob Taylor Krutch Park Land Grant University Lawson McGhee Library Lebanon in the Fork Lizzie Crozier French 1851-1926 Lloyd Branson Longstreet's Headquarters Loveville Magnolia Avenue History Magnolia Avenue History Magnolia Avenue History Manifold Station Market House Bell Mary Boyle Temple Mary Frances Housley Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds Mecklenburg Place Medal of Honor 17th Michigan Volunteer Regiment Memorial for Cofounders of Campbell Station Menifee Station Mr. Anderson's Log College Native American Settlement Neyland Stadium Nicholas Gibbs Nicholas Gibbs Homestead Norris Freeway Odd Fellows Cemetery Old Gray Cemetery Old Knox County Courthouse Old Mechanicsville Patrick Sullivan's Saloon Pleasant Forest Church & Cemetery Ramsey House Ramsey House Ramsey House Plantation Riverdale School Robert Birdwell Robert Reynolds Rotary Club of Knoxville Roy Acuff & Hank Williams Ruth Cobb Brice Ruth Cobb Brice Sarah Hawkins Savage Garden Sawyer's Fort Settlement of the Frontier Seven Islands Methodist Church Signing of the Treaty of Holston Site of Blount College Site of First Block House Site of Fort Adair Site of John H. Crozier Home Speedway Circle St. Clair Cobb St. James Hotel St. John's Lutheran Church States View Staub's Theatre Steamboat Times on the French Broad Sultana Monument Sutherland Avenue McGhee Tyson Airport Tennessee Ernie Ford Tennessee Theater The 1863 Siege of Knoxville The Assault Upon Fort Sanders The Baker-Peters-Rogers House The Battle of Campbell Station The Campbell Station Inn The Everly Brothers The Historic Village of Concord The Historic Village of Concord The Knoxville Girl The Midday Merry-Go-Round The Old Cumberland Presbyterian Meeting House The Southern Railway Station The Tennessee Barn Dance The U.S. Veterans Memorial This street is dedicated to the memory of Sergeant Lillard Earl Ailor Town of Farragut & Farragut Folklife Museum Treaty of the Holston Uncle Dave Macon UT RecSports Complex Vinnies Italian Restaurant Wait Field War Dog Memorial War on the Home Front West Wing of Federal Lines White's Mill William E. Peters House William Francis Yardley
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory, located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, played a crucial role in the development of the atomic bomb during World War II. It was also a key site for nuclear research during the Cold War.
Knox County, Tennessee, has a rich history dating back to the early 18th century. The region was initially inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Cherokee, who peacefully coexisted with European settlers until conflicts arose in the late 1700s. In 1791, the region was ceded to the United States, leading to a wave of settlers moving into the area.

The county is named after Henry Knox, a Revolutionary War general and Secretary of War under President George Washington. Established in 1792, Knox County initially covered a vast area that included parts of present-day Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina. The county seat was initially located at Southwest Point (present-day Kingston), but it was relocated to its current location in Knoxville in 1793.

In the 19th century, Knox County experienced significant growth and development. It became a prominent hub for trade and transportation, with the completion of the East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad in 1855. The county also played a notable role in the Civil War, with Knoxville serving as a strategic objective for both Union and Confederate forces. The Battle of Fort Sanders in 1863, a Union victory, marked a turning point in the region.

After the Civil War, Knox County continued to prosper and expand. The development of the Tennessee Valley Authority in the 1930s brought economic opportunities and infrastructure improvements to the area. The county also became a center for education, with the establishment of the University of Tennessee in the 1790s and the University of Tennessee Medical Center in the 1950s.

Today, Knox County is a vibrant and diverse community, known for its thriving arts scene, outdoor recreational activities, and strong sense of community. The county's rich history is preserved through various museums, historical landmarks, and annual events that celebrate its past. Knox County continues to grow and evolve while retaining its distinctive Southern charm and unique heritage.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Knox County, Tennessee.

  • Prehistory - The region now known as Knox County was inhabited for thousands of years by Native American tribes, including the Cherokee and Creek nations.
  • 1775 - The area was settled by European pioneers, including James White, who established White's Fort, the first permanent settlement in what is now Knoxville.
  • 1791 - The Territory of the United States South of the River Ohio, which included the area now known as Knox County, was organized. William Blount was appointed as the governor.
  • 1796 - The State of Tennessee was admitted to the Union, and Knox County was one of the original counties established within the new state.
  • 1803 - The capital of Tennessee was moved from Knoxville to Nashville.
  • 1830s - The construction of the East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad began, connecting Knoxville to the rest of the region.
  • 1861-1865 - Knox County, like the rest of Tennessee, was divided during the American Civil War. The county was occupied by both Union and Confederate forces at various times.
  • 1897 - The City of Knoxville was officially chartered as a city.
  • 1933 - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established, including parts of Knox County.
  • 1982 - The World's Fair was held in Knoxville, attracting millions of visitors.
  • Today - Knox County is a thriving county with a diverse economy, beautiful natural surroundings, and a rich cultural heritage.