Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Knott House
After the Civil War a locally prominent physician, George Betton, bought the house, bringing with him a young buggy driver named William Gunn, a former slave. When Gunn expressed an interest in learning medicine, Betton funded his study at medical school and helped him establish a practice in Tallahassee. Gunn became Florida's first black physician.
In 1928 the Knott family acquired the house, had the front columns added, and lived here until 1985. William Knott served athe State of Florida for over forty years as its first State Tax Auditor, as Comptroller, and Treasurer. His wife Luella Knott was an artist, musician, and poet. She named her home "The House That Rhymes," and filled it with Victorian era furnishings. Almost every piece is adorned with a poem narrating history and moral lessons, written with charm and wit. Luella was also a political activist. The sale of alcohol was banned
Erected 1998 by Florida Heritage Landmark sponsored by the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-392.)
Location. 30° 26.508′ N, 84° 16.759′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker is at the intersection of E. Park Avenue and S. Calhoun Street on E. Park Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tallahassee FL 32301, United States of America.
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 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewis Bank (about 800 feet 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); Florida Liberty Bell Replica (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Capitol of Florida (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tallahassee.
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Science & Medicine • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 17, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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