For more than a century, the area around the circa-1796 Blount Mansion was a vibrant neighborhood, featuring homes of prominent, wealthy citizens as well as squalid waterfront shantytowns. Dozens of structures were demolished to make way for the Andrew Johnson Hotel in the 1920s, and the construction of Neyland Drive coupled with the ravages of urban renewal finished the job. Today, Blount Mansion and a handful of other historic buildings stand as lonely reminders of this vanished community.
Veteran Knoxville journalist and historian Jack Neely, Executive Director of the Knoxville History Project, will bring the Hill Avenue neighborhood back to life with a special presentation, titled “Hill Avenue Blues,” (with a nod to the popular 1980s TV series of a similar name) at Blount Mansion Visitors Center on Thursday night, January 24th.
Our doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and Jack’s presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, and includes light refreshments.
Register in advance here
Blount Mansion will be selling copies of Jack’s books, including the new release, Historic Knoxville: the Curious Visitor’s Guide to its Stories and Places, published by the Knoxville History Project.
Please mark your calendar for KHP’s signature luncheon in celebration of the City’s history, the work we do for the community, and in honor of someone who has made significant contributions to Knoxville history.
We will announce our 2019 honoree in late January/early February.