The history of Blount Mansion dates back to William Blount, who signed the United States Constitution. After Blount signed the Treaty of the Holston, which regarded the Holston River, he decided to build his home a few blocks away from the Holston River. Between the size, shape, care, and overall construction of Blount Mansion, visitors can clearly view the influence Blount’s various positions had on the house (he was a member of a prominent family, a land speculator, and a Territorial Governor).
Mary Blount required the home to be, “a proper wooden house”. So, the home was constructed of sawn lumber. This differed to what the common home in Knoxville was built with. It’s interesting to note that the nails used to build the home came from the nail factory near Tarboro, North Carolina that the Blount family owned. Also, the glass used for the home was brought from Richmond, Virginia, to Knoxville.
The original Blount Mansion plan included a downstairs with a hall, parlor house, two rooms, and half story loft. As for upstairs, there was one sleeping area. After the initial Blount Mansion was constructed, the Blount Mansion underwent a renovation, which created the west wing expansion. Although there isn’t a specified date to when this renovation occurred, archaeological evidence shows that it most likely occurred shortly after 1810. Shortly after the west wing was added, the east wing was also added. Things to Do in Knoxville: Blount Mansion - Photo: Blount Mansion
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