The event is at Southland Books & Cafe at 1505 E Broadway Ave, Maryville, TN 37804 (www.southlandbooksandcafe.com/)
Join acclaimed author Jack Neely for an engaging talk as he discusses his Historic Knoxville: The Curious Visitor’s Guide to Its Stories and Places, a comprehensive and engaging 200-page, full-color, guide to scores of sites and institutions relevant to the city’s endlessly fascinating, but often little known, history.
Jack will identify and discuss historic locations across the city that define Knoxville’s uniqueness as an Appalachian town deeply rooted in the past, as well as the remarkable individuals who left their mark on the “scruffy city”, making it quite possibly the most American of cities. A book signing will follow.
A well-known local author and historian, Neely is executive director of the Knoxville History Project and for many years authored the popular “Knoxville’s Secret History,” column in the Metro Pulse. Other publications include Market Square: A History of the Most Democratic Place on Earth, Knoxville: This Obscure Prismatic City, From the Shadow Side: And Other Stories Of Knoxville, Tennessee, and The Marble City: A Photographic Tour of Knoxville’s Graveyards.
Come out to Central Flats & Taps on November 21st to help support KHP. A portion of all sales will be donated. It’s an easy way to support us, while enjoying some delicious food and beverages!
Join the Knoxville History Project and special guest Paula Johnson, author of Lost Restaurants of Knoxville. Just in time for Thanksgiving, Paula will be discussing the delicious, and sometime not so delicious, culinary history of Knoxville.
Over the past 225 years, Knoxville dining has come full circle–from early taverns and saloons to upscale continental cuisine and back to the roots of local eating experiences. Greek immigrants Frank and George Regas founded the legendary Regas Restaurant, which operated for 90 years, spreading culinary influence throughout the entire city. Early country music stars frequented Harold’s Deli while visiting the city to perform on Tennessee’s first live radio shows. Guests from around the world sat 266 feet in the air at the Sunsphere Restaurant, a fine dining establishment run by the Hardee’s Corporation during Knoxville’s World’s Fair. Discover these and many more fascinating stories as author and historian Paula Johnson dives back in time through the stories of the city’s great restaurants.
Bill and Grady Regas will also be in attendance to share some personal memories from Regas Restaurant.
East Tennessee native Paula Johnson has made herself an expert in Knoxville history, haute cuisine, hole-in-the-wall eateries and hidden culinary hot spots. Since creating Knoxville Food Tours in 2010, Paula has personally led over eight hundred food tours and has also served as a step-on guide for bus groups touring Knoxville and the surrounding area. In 2016, she was asked to partner with the University of Tennessee’s Personal Development Food & Wine Courses and also with WDVX’s Tennessee Farm Table radio program. In 2017, Knoxville Food Tours received the Service Supplier of the Year Award from the Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association.
Paula’s book, along with several other KHP publications will be available for sale before and after the talk.
Free Program. Bar food and beverages available for purchase. 21+ as per venue policy.
Storyteller Laura Still helps you live the stories of pioneers, soldiers, outlaws, and even fictional characters who walked these streets before you. Learn more about Laura and her story on the KWT’s Page.
Knoxville has a rich history full of colorful characters and famous, and infamous, figures whose lives have been the inspiration for books, movies, and works of art. Take a stroll through history in beautiful downtown Knoxville while listening to true tales of the heroes, heels, and hardened criminals that are part of the hidden lore of this unique East Tennessee town. A portion of ticket proceeds are donated to KHP.
New! – Side Street Shadows Ghost Tour
Hear more tales of ghostly history as you follow storyteller Laura Still on the Side Street Shadows tour. Find out who haunts the Farragut, how a gunfight on Cumberland nearly started a war, and where you might meet the courteous spirit of a scholar or the grumpy ghost of a violent rebel. Details & Tickets
Shadow Side Ghost Tour
Brave souls who enjoy a chill can join us for a trip into Knoxville’s shadow side. The city’s history of blood-stained streets echoing with gunfire is full of restless spirits. Visit their haunts and hear local legends of ghostly apparitions. Details & Tickets
Shadow Side 2: Ghosts of the Old City
Red Summer, drunken brawls, hot lead, and blood on the tracks. Knoxville’s Old City used to be known as the bowery, where victims of murderous brawls, dealdly shoot-outs, and horrific train crashes haunt the old buildings and back alleys along with the ghost of a musician who hasn’t quite faded away. Details & Ticket
Walk the streets of a city torn in two by divided loyalties and then get an overview of the fighting from the observation deck of the Sunsphere. Spies, bridge burners, miracle shots, betrayal, and battle. Details & Tickets
Family feuds and wanted outlaws. You’ll relive the days when Knoxville was the wild west and Gay Street was the OK Corral. Details & Tickets
Step back over two centuries and visit Knoxville’s founders as you listen to the stories of the settlement of White’s Fort and establishment of the capital of the Southwest Territory at the headwaters of the Tennessee. Details & Tickets
The Knoxville story has always been set to music, from the time when the poetic rhythms of the native Cherokee tribes still echoed in the hills and the ballads of the Scots-Irish settlers were sung around campfires on the riverbanks. Immigrants from all over the world brought new instruments and tunes to enliven the song and make Knoxville home to musicians of every genre. Details & Tickets
Home of Cormac McCarthy, Nikki Giovanni, James Agee, and more. You’ll visit the scenes that inspired them and walk in the footsteps of their characters. Details & Tickets