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Historic sites to mark Statehood Day

May 17, 2014

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.

May 17--Historic locations in Knoxville and East Tennessee celebrate Statehood Day with free admission, tours and events.

The dates for the free museum days vary by location but are May 24, May 31 and June 1. June 1 is the 218th anniversary of Tennessee becoming the United States' 16th state.

The Historic Homes of Knoxville include Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend House and Gardens, James White's Fort, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs State Historic Site, Ramsey House and Historic Westwood.

Crescent Bend, 2728 Kingston Pike, has free admission 9 a.m.-noonMay 24. The house sits in a bend of the Tennessee River. Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, was built in 1797 for pioneer Francis Alexander Ramsey. Its free admission is noon-2 p.m.May 24.

Marble Springs, the farm home of John Sevier, has free admission and a living history weekend 10 a.m.-5 p.m.May 24 and noon-5 pm. May 25. Sevier was a Revolutionary War hero and Tennessees first governor; Marble Springs is at 1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway. The weekend includes interpreters in 18th-century clothing portraying frontier life. Children can participate in a militia drill and play with period toys. Blacksmithing, weaving and open hearth cooking will be demonstrated.

Historic Westwood, 3425 Kingston Pike, will be open 1-4 p.m.May 24 to celebrate Statehood Day. The house was built in 1890 and recently was restored as the home of Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance.

Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Ave., opens for free tours 10 a.m.-2 p.m.May 31. The 1792 house has recently been undergoing renovations; the Statehood Day marks its reopening events. James White's Fort. 205 E. Hill Ave., will be open for museum day 11 a.m.-3 p.m.May 31. James White's Fort was home to Knoxville's founder.

Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Ave., celebrates Tennessee Statehood Day and Confederate Decoration Day 10 a.m.-4 p.m.May 31. Confederate Decoration Day starts at 11 a.m. at nearby Bethel Confederate Cemetery; shuttles go from the Mabry-Hazen parking lot. Heritage groups at the cemetery will remember more than 1,600 Confederate soldiers interred there. Tours of the Bethel Cemetery Civil War Museum will be given.

Outside of Knoxville, Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore and Crockett Tavern Museum, 2002 Morningside Drive, Morristown, will host Statehood Day events. Crockett Tavern's Statehood Day is 11 a.m.-3 p.m.May 31. The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum has free admission, storytelling and genealogy workshops noon-5 p.m.June 1.


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