Knoxville in Knox County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Historic Chisholm Tavern
Sheltered many important
pioneers and explorers
who assisted in the founding
of the city of Knoxville
and in the establishing of
the State of Tennessee
Erected 1965 by members Blount Park Association.
Location. 35° 57.691′ N, 83° 54.863′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker is on W Hill Ave east of State St, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Knoxville TN 37902, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blount Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Johnson Office Plaza (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commemorating the Treaty of Holston (about 500 feet away); Old Knox County Courthouse (about 700 feet away); Treaty of the Holston (about 700 feet away); James White (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Vinnies Italian Restaurant (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Knoxville.
Also see . . . John Chisholm's Tavern. Ron Allen, a Knoxville area historian, has collected information and published a short history of Chisolm's Tavern. Elsewhere on his website, he's also documented interesting bits of Knoxville history.
1. History and Architecture
This was the home of Captain John Chisholm, who came to White’s Fort in 1790 with Governor Blount. Chisholm bought a half-acre lot on Front Street and built his home there in 1792. It is believed that the architect of the Blount Mansion designed this tavern. It is situated in the same block as the Blount House and very much resembles it in details and construction. Perhaps, after his services to Governor Blount, the architect was retained in this wilderness town long enough to execute Mr. Chisholm’s tavern, the first hotel in Knoxville and now occupied by slum tenants.
The two storey frame house was built on a steep slope. At each gable end and on the kitchen “ell” are brick chimneys of the freestanding variety. The interior is typically of the Revolutionary Period: Sunburst mantel in the tavern room, cupboards with scrolled shelves in the dining room, and dog-eared trim throughout the house. The triangular space below the main stairs is paneled with radiating rails.
Please note: According to Ron Allen's research at the provided link, the historical pictures and this information are not actually about Chisholm Tavern. They are included here as historical record and information.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Notable Buildings • Settlements & Settlers •
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