Historic Sites of Knoxville TN

Alex Haley Heritage Square

Alex Haley Square is located atop the slopes of Morningside Park. The park has many things to do like play structures, water fountains, and green grass to play in. However, the park is best known for having the only 13-foot high bronze statue of author and Pulitzer prize winner Alex Haley and has since become the focal point of the park.

Tennessee Woman Suffrage Memorial

The Tennessee Woman Suffrage Memorial is located in downtown Knoxville at the Market Square. It stands to honor the women who campaigned for the state to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment that gave women the right to vote. This bronze sculpture depicts three key women who lead campaigners for women’s suffrage: Elizabeth Avery Meriwether of Memphis, Lizzie Crozier French of Knoxville, and Anne Dallas Dudley of Nashville.

The Craighead–Jackson House

The Craighead–Jackson House is a historic brick house in Knoxville with two stories. The home was constructed by John Craighead across the street from the William Blount Mansion. This home has changed hands a few times, belonging to William Swan of the Confederate Congress, then to George Jackson.

Old Gray Cemetery

Old Gray Cemetery is the 2nd oldest cemetery located in Knoxville. The graves here are of some of Knoxville’s most influential citizens of the past, ranging from politicians to artists. The cemetery has been come well known for the Victorian era marble sculpture and elaborate carvings decorating many of the stone markers.

Fort Sanders Historical Marker

The Fort Sanders Historical Marker is in Knoxville, at the intersection of 16th Street and Cumberland Avenue, on the left when traveling north on 16th Street. It was erected by the Tennessee Historical Commission, along with other Markers in the area. The inscription talks about Fort Sanders impending battle in November of 1863.

Henley Street Pedestrian Bridge

This 5,000 sq. ft. bridge was originally built for the 1982 World’s Fair, but now provides a link between downtown Knoxville and the World’s Fair Park. There have been major renovations to the pedestrian bridge including a new frosted glass roof and custom metal panels that have been perforated for safety.

International Friendship Bell

The International Friendship Bell is 8,000 pounds of bronze that has been cast with images to symbolize the peace and friendship shared by Japan and Tennessenans after World War II. Visitors are welcome to ring the bell when they visit as a reminder of peace and unity obtained after such turmoil.

Loudon Railroad Bridge

The covered bridge here was an important link between Chattanooga and Virginia. The Confederates burned down the bridge as they evacuated the area in September 1863. But this allowed Union soldiers to then establish a rail base at Loudon, shuttling their supplies across the river. The bridge was rebuilt in 1864 while under Union control who held the area for the rest of the war.

Greenback Depot

The Greenback Depot is a historic railroad station built in 1914. The depot moved rail freight and passengers traveling in and out of the area until 1954. During this time William H. Jones served as a Court Clerk at the depot. During this time he not only issued train tickets but also hunting, fishing, marriage licenses, and officiated marriage ceremonies in the depot.

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