“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

The Knott House

The Knott House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, June 16, 2016
1. The Knott House Marker
Inscription.  This house was constructed in 1843, probably by George Proctor, a free black builder. Attorney Thomas Hagner and his bride Catherine Gamble became the home's first residents the following year.

Immediately after the Civil War ended, Union Brigadier General Edward M. McCook used the house as his temporary headquarters when he occupied Tallahassee. On May 20, 1865, McCook declared the Emancipation Proclamation to be in effect, thereby announcing freedom for all enslaved persons in the greater Tallahassee region. In 1883, a prominent local physcian, Dr. George Betton, bought the house where he maintained an office.

In 1928, the Knott family acquired the house, added the large columns in front along with other renovations, and lived here until 1985. William Knott served the State of Florida for more than forty years as tax auditor, comptroller, and state treasurer. His wife Luella was a musician, a poet, and an advocate for social causes. Their home bcause known as "The House That Rhymes" because she adorned its Victorian-era furnishings with her poems that blended history and moral lessons with charm and wit.
The Knott House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, June 17, 2016
2. The Knott House
Marker is just out of the picture to the right.
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2014 by Florida Department of State-Florida League of Cities. (Marker Number F-829.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicScience & MedicineWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1843.
Location. 30° 26.507′ N, 84° 16.756′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker is at the intersection of East Park Avenue and South Calhoun Street, on the right when traveling east on East Park Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 East Park Avenue, Tallahassee FL 32301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Leon County's American Revolutionary War Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); Presbyterian Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Exchange Bank Building (about 600 feet away); Lewis Bank (about 800 feet away); Leon County (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Gilmore Riley House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Florida Sri Chinmoy Peace State (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trinity United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tallahassee.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 5, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 195 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 5, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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May. 28, 2022