Ramsey House

2614 Thorngrove Pike
Knoxville TN  37914

Phone: (865) 546-0745

Ramsey House

We will be Closed to the public December 12th – April 1st for the renovation of the Visitor Center. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for updates!


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.

We will be Closed to the public December 12th–April 1st for the renovation of the Visitor Center. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for updates!

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Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Museum, Non-Profit Organization

Hours

Wed: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm



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Past Events

Spring Tea with Peggy Ramsey

Spring Tea with Peggy Ramsey
02:00 pm - 04/28/2018

At Ramsey House

It's time to celebrate spring with style, the style of a late 18th, early 19th century woman and her dress. You will be entertained by the layers and purpose of...

Vintage Baseball at Historic Ramsey House

Vintage Baseball at Historic Ramsey House
12:00 pm - 04/07/2018

At Ramsey House

Join the fun while experiencing America’s game as it was played in 1864. The players play by 1864 rules, wear period uniforms and our local Knoxville teams bear...

Opening Day: Holstons vs. Quicksteps

Opening Day: Holstons vs. Quicksteps
12:00 pm - 03/24/2018

At Ramsey House

Experience the national pastime as it was first played in Knoxville! Ballists (or players) from the Knoxville Holstons re-create one of the city’s first base ball...

Fun Art, Not Fine Art Painting Class

Fun Art, Not Fine Art Painting Class
01:00 pm - 03/17/2018

At Ramsey House

Learn to paint the fun way with and create a beautiful painting worthy of hanging in your home. It doesn’t matter what your skill level is, come and paint while...

The Art of Hand Quilting

The Art of Hand Quilting
01:00 pm - 03/10/2018

At Ramsey House

Learn what is quickly becoming a lost art. The Appalachian area is known for its handmade quilts know for their beauty, as well as their warmth and utility. Learn...

Working with Leather

Working with Leather
10:00 am - 03/03/2018

At Ramsey House

Learn about the art of leather craft. Our instructor David Adams will demonstrate the patterns and layout for a hunting bag, bullet bag and Fort Ligonier Moccasin...

The Legacy of Woodworking

The Legacy of Woodworking
10:00 am - 02/24/2018

At Ramsey House

On February 24, a four hour discussion and demonstration devoted to furniture making during the Federal Period (1788-1825) will be given by Master Woodworker, Hal...

Tinsmith Workshop with David Drake

Tinsmith Workshop with David Drake
09:00 am - 02/10/2018

At Ramsey House

There are only a few spots left! Reserve your seat today! Learn all about the use and trade of tin in the 18th century from local professional Tinsmith, David Drake....

Annual Candlelight Christmas Tour

Annual Candlelight Christmas Tour
06:00 pm - 12/10/2017

At Ramsey House

Once a year, we decorate our home with natural greens, colorful fresh fruits and nuts in the manner that it would have been decorated during the Christmas season...

Annual Holiday Wreath Workshop

Annual Holiday Wreath Workshop
12:30 pm - 12/09/2017

At Ramsey House

Join this wonderful annual workshop this year. This is one that many people make a traditional part of their holiday season. Make it a family affair, a friend’s...

Christmas Dinner with the Ramsey's

Christmas Dinner with the Ramsey's
06:00 pm - 12/01/2017

At Ramsey House

Francis and Peggy Ramsey invite you to tour their beautifully decorated (1797) home by candlelight and be seated at their dining room table for a warm and relaxing...

American Adventure - Ramsey House

American Adventure - Ramsey House
10:00 am - 10/26/2017

At Ramsey House

We will get a tour of the historic Ramsey House and then a lesson in candle making.. The programs allow participants to see and experience how people lived in the...

A Gathering of Ancient Sounds: Celtic & Appalachain Rhythms

A Gathering of Ancient Sounds: Celtic & Appalachain Rhythms
01:00 pm - 09/02/2017

At Ramsey House

A great production of historic music from East Tennessee. It will get your toes tappin’ and your hands clappin’ with a full day of great music by some of your...

Vintage Base Ball Match: Holstons v. Distillers

Vintage Base Ball Match: Holstons v. Distillers
12:00 pm - 08/26/2017

At Ramsey House

Experience the national pastime as it was first played in Knoxville! Ballists (or players) from the Knoxville Holstons re-create one of the city’s first base ball...

Annual Membership Meeting 2017

Annual Membership Meeting 2017
05:30 pm - 08/15/2017

At Ramsey House

Come one, come all! Celebrate 220 years of Ramsey House and discover what the future has in store for this historic gem. Whether you are an exisiting member or are...

Vintage Base Ball Match: Holstons v. Quicksteps

Vintage Base Ball Match: Holstons v. Quicksteps
02:30 pm - 07/29/2017

At Ramsey House

Experience the national pastime as it was first played in Knoxville! Ballists (or players) from the Knoxville Holstons re-create one of the city’s first base ball...

Mother Daughter Tea and Fashion Show

Mother Daughter Tea and Fashion Show
02:00 pm - 07/08/2017

At Ramsey House

Enjoy an afternoon tea in our newly renovated Event Center! Bring your mothers, daughters, sisters and friends to this fun event that will feature an afternoon...

Vintage Base Ball Match: Holstons v. Maroons

Vintage Base Ball Match: Holstons v. Maroons
12:00 pm - 06/24/2017

At Ramsey House

Experience the national pastime as it was first played in Knoxville! Ballists (or players) from the Knoxville Holstons re-create one of the city’s first base ball...

Vintage Base Ball Match: Holstons v. Machinists

Vintage Base Ball Match: Holstons v. Machinists
12:00 pm - 06/17/2017

At Ramsey House

Experience the national pastime as it was first played in Knoxville! Ballists (or players) from the Knoxville Holstons re-create one of the city’s first base ball...

Vintage Base Ball Match: Holstons v. Scouts

Vintage Base Ball Match: Holstons v. Scouts
02:30 pm - 06/03/2017

At Ramsey House

Experience the national pastime as it was first played in Knoxville! Ballists (or players) from the Knoxville Holstons re-create one of the city’s first base ball...

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