Olde Tyme Arts and Crafts

Historical Craft Kits ~ Handmade Wooden Tools ~ Artwork ~ Books



     Enjoy a day in the country at the Great Smoky Mountains Arts and Crafts Community.  Located just off Highway 321 in Gatlinburg, on an 8 mile loop of shops, studios and galleries.

     Another great place to visit is the Smoky Mountain Spinnery in downtown Gatlinburg at the Winery Square.   You will find our handcrafts and kits on display along with other local and regional crafts.  Stop by to see Nancy Thompson's studio filled with wonderful weaving looms and spun yarns.  She would love to introduce you to a new hobby to take home and enjoy!              



Pigeon Forge has one of the most interesting grinding mills still in operation next to an immense  timber frame restaurant,  on the bank of the Pigeon River.  Take a walk across the bridge to a gallery with the largest selection of prints by Jim Gray, along with other unique artwork and fine crafts, and of course our kits, crafts and cards.   LaDonna is constantly  looking for out-of-the-ordinary treasures to offer customers with exceptional taste.  Keith is very knowledgeable in Jim Gray's work as well as photography.   Glynn is a master at custom framing for any decor.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How about a day on the country farm in Clinton, Tn!  There is no place more charming than the setting of this museum, along with its own surrounding community of  collected regional buildings.  Complete with barnyard animals, gardens and several buildings that house antiques and treasures from  a  bygone era that doesn't feel so long ago in these surroundings. 
      Bring a chair and join the thousands of folks who make their annual pilgrimage to the Museum Of Appalachia's annual Homecoming festival.

                                                                          MUSEUM  OF APPALACHIA



History speaks through the Museum of East Tennessee History's
signature exhibition, Voices of the Land: The People of East
, which focuses on the region's rich history and
heritage. Feature exhibitions developed by History Center
staff coupled with traveling exhibitions from other museums,
such as the Smithsonian and the Tennessee State Museum,
share a broader range of stories from our past.

East Tennessee Historical Society / 601 S. Gay Street / Knoxville, TN
37901-1629 | 865-215-8824


history of blount mansion

William Blount chose to build his mansion in Knoxville after signing the Treaty of the Holston just a few yards away from the Mansion's location. Blount's Knoxville mansion would serve as the territorial capitol, as well as a family home. The care in construction, and the size and shape of Blount Mansion reflects Blount's position as a political figure, head of a prominent family, and influential businessman.

The house was made of sawn lumber to meet Mary Blount's requirement of "a proper wooden house." The lumber was brought from North Carolina, since most of the area's residents built log cabins and log houses in the 1790s. Nails were brought from the Blount family's naillery near Tarboro, North Carolina, and glass was brought from near Richmond, Virginia. The Mansion was a hall-parlor type house with a hall, the main room for family activity, and a parlor, for more formal activities. Upstairs there was a single sleeping chamber.

Research on the historic structure and archaeology evidence suggests that the west wing was added to the Mansion first. It was most likely an outbuilding, pulled from its foundation and drug to the Mansion wall, where it was added in. Blue beads and other artifacts recovered during archaeological investigations of the site, suggest that the west wing may have been Slaves' quarters when still detached from the Mansion. The east wing was added last, perhaps as late as 1820.

The kitchen is a recreation of an eighteenth-century kitchen, but is located on the site of the original kitchen. The Governor's Office was a typical "law office" of the 1790s, built right on the edge of State Street. The cooling shed, was excavated during an archaeological dig in the 1950s, and the shed roof was rebuilt under the supervision of the National Park Service at that time.

contact us

In Person · 200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

By Mail · Blount Mansion Association, P.O. Box 1703, Knoxville, TN 37901

By Telephone · 865-525-2375

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