Historic Ramsey House(865) 546-0745

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    COVID-19 Update

    In an abundance of caution and based on the recommendation of the CDC and other government agencies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Historic Ramsey House will be closed to the public effective March 18, 2020, and will remain closed until March 31, 2020, when we will reevaluate, based on the current recommendations. 

    During the interim, our staff will take this opportunity to continue to work diligently on upcoming projects and other administrative needs. 

    As we are committed to educating the public on the Ramsey family and the Forks of the River community, we will aim to bring that history to you and your family during these uncertain times. Please keep an eye out on our social media pages, as we upload new content and introduce live stream tours. 

    We hope that you and your family stay healthy and safe, and we sincerely thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 865-546-0745 or email us at info@ramseyhouse.org.

    History of Ramsey House

    bwramseyhouseRamsey 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.


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