Historic Ramsey House will reopen for daily tours beginning on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. In order to keep our staff, volunteers, and visitors safe, we will be practicing the following policies, and kindly ask that visitors do the same.
1. All visitors and staff must wear a mask or face covering while on a tour of the house. We hope to have masks available for purchase when we reopen on May 20th.
2. Only one (1) household will tour the home at any given time. We recommend that visitors reserve your tour in advance, either online or by calling ahead of time. Please note that this is just to reserve your time. Payment will be taken upon arrival.
These policies will be in place until further notice. We appreciate your support and cooperation during this time, and look forward to welcoming you and your family to Historic Ramsey House!
Reserve your tour online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/guided-house-tour-tickets-1051…
Reserve your tour by phone: 865-546-0745
History of Ramsey House
Ramsey House was built in 1797 by Knoxville’s first builder, Thomas Hope, for Francis Alexander Ramsey. The home is constructed of Tennessee pink marble and blue limestone. It was known at that time as the finest home in Tennessee. The structure is significant for its original interior and exterior architectural features and its period decorative art collection.
The Ramsey Family was one of the first families to settle the Knoxville area. They played vital roles in developing civic, educational and cultural institutions. Colonel Francis A. Ramsey was one of the founding trustees of Blount College, now the University of Tennessee. One of his sons, Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey authored an early history of the state, The Annals of Tennessee. Another son, William B.A. Ramsey, was the first elected mayor of Knoxville and the Secretary of State for Tennessee.
The historic house was bought in 1952 by the A.P.T.A., along with one acre of land. Today, the site consists of 101.5 acres; a historic house restored and furnished to the period of Francis A. Ramsey’s occupancy (1797-1820) and a Visitor Center located in a beautiful country setting.
Historic Ramsey House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.