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Originally known as the Palmer House, this 10-room, turn-of-the-century, bungalow home was built in 1919 by Will E. Palmer, the maternal grandfather of Alex Haley (1921-92). From 1921 to 1929, and during some subsequent summers, Haley lived here with his grandparents. Read More
This 10,000 square-foot Victorian mansion was built by Gorilla Pants manufacturer Clay Faulkner in 1896. Called "Tennessee's Biltmore" by PBS, it had all the modern conveniences, including indoor plumbing, electric lights, central heat and air, and even a telephone. Read More
Ramsey House was built in 1797 by Knoxville's first builder, Thomas Hope, for Francis Alexander Ramsey. The home is constructed of Tennessee pink marble and blue limestone. It was known at that time as the finest home in Tennessee. The structure is significant for its original interior and exterior architectural features and its period decorative art collection. Read More
The only surviving residence of James K. Polk other than the White House, this painted brick structure is one of the best examples of Federal-style architecture in Tennessee. Samuel Polk, a prosperous farmer and surveyor, built the house in 1816 while his oldest son James was attending the University of North Carolina. Read More
Built in 1831 this home has ties to 2 Confederate Cavalrymen. Contains an authentic museum of Civil War Artifacts. Filled with American Empire and Victorian Furniture. Beautiful gardens. Historic herb garden, period outbuildings, including smoke house and Travellers' Cottage Read More
The land on which the house was constructed was purchased from the Carter family by German emigrants Johan Albert Lotz and Margaretha Lotz. Johann, a very talented woodworker, constructed such things as pianos and much of the house itself. Inside the home were plentiful examples of intricate details which showcased his skill. Some of these details include three fireplaces… Read More
During an age where very few homes purchased by former slaves remain in existence, it is quite remarkable that the McLemore House is still standing. Also remarkable is the fact that from 1880 until 1997, a member of the McLemore family maintained ownership of the homestead. The house was purchased through the joint efforts of the Williamson County Habitat… Read More
Saved from demolition in 1954 by the Tennessee Society of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the historic house, built originally in 1799, was restored to interpret the early 19th century life of Judge John Overton, one of the state's first Supreme Court Justices, the founder of Memphis, and a close personal friend of Andrew Jackson. Read More