Historic Ramsey House is open for daily tours. 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 staff, volunteers, and visitors over the age of 12 are required to wear a mask or face covering while on a tour of the house and while in the Swan Shop. Masks are available for purchase in the Swan Shop.
2. We are only allowing one (1) household per tour at this 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.
3. The staff and volunteers of Historic Ramsey House will be regularly sanitizing restrooms, door knobs, and other commonly touched surfaces.
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.