James White's Fort

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 large land grant. White built the first permanent  structure, his two-story log cabin, in 1786.  James White partitioned part of his land in October 1791 to establish the town which would become Knoxville. 

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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 

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