James White Fort Association

205 E Hill Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915, USA

About James White Fort Association

    James White, the Founder of Knoxville, came to the future site of Knoxville in the early 1780’s. His service in the Revolutionary War earned him a land grant of 1000 acres. White built the first permanent structure, his two-story log cabin, in 1786. White enclosed the log cabin and other structures with a stockade fence for protection from wild animals. White was a friend of the Cherokee Indians in the surrounding area and negotiated several Cherokee and white settler treaties.

    White opened his home in peace and to trade with him. The courtyard of the Fort was used as a stable for domesticated animals such as horses, cows, pigs and sheep. The area around the Fort was cleared of trees, and the vegetable gardens and tobacco crop were grown for food and commerce.

    James White partitioned part of his land in October 1791 to establish the town which would become Knoxville. White named the town for Henry Knox, President Washington’s Secretary of War.

    James White Fort Association

    Our Address

    205 E Hill Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915, USA

    Tour James White’s Fort!

    James White’s Fort has ample free parking for visitors. James White’s Fort is located at 205 East Hill Avenue in downtown Knoxville, directly across the street from the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Visit the Gift Shop located in the entry house to find unique gifts, interesting books, and other items used by pioneers in the 18th Century.

    James White’s Fort

    205 East Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915

    (865) 525-6514


    April – November
    Monday to Saturday
    9:30 am – 5:00 pm

    December – March
    Monday to Friday
    10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    James White’s Fort is closed during UT home football games due to parking and traffic congestion.

    Some unforeseen circumstances (weather, private events, etc.) may cause us to close the Fort for a day. Please contact us before your visit to confirm hours.

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