Virtual Visit to Historic Ramsey House

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Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 8:00am to Friday, June 5, 2020 - 8:45am

ETHS is Zooming over to what some have called the “finest home in Tennessee”—Historic Ramsey House! Join Executive Director Kelley Weatherly-Sinclair as she tours the 1797 home and shares insights into the Ramsey family!

Join via Zoom or watch live on Facebook. To receive an invitation to the interactive Zoom session, please RSVP here or e-mail by Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Knoxville’s first builder, Thomas Hope, built Ramsey House in 1797 for Francis Alexander Ramsey. He constructed the home using Tennessee pink marble and blue limestone. Settlers referred to it 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 A.P.T.A. bought the historic house in 1952, along with one acre of land. Today, the site comprises 101.5 acres; a historic house restored and furnished to the period of Francis A. Ramsey’s occupancy (1797-1820) and a Visitor Center in a beautiful country setting.

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, and started the East Tennessee Historical Society in 1834. Another son, William B.A. Ramsey, was the first elected mayor of Knoxville and the Secretary of State for Tennessee.


Virtual Visit to Historic Ramsey House
Historic Ramsey House