Market Square, Knoxville

Market Sq
Knoxville TN  37902

Phone: (865) 546-4212

Market Square is a pedestrian mall located in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. Established in 1854 as a market place for regional farmers, the square has developed over the decades into a multipurpose venue that accommodates events ranging from concerts to political rallies, and has long provided a popular gathering place for artists, street musicians, war veterans, and activists. Along with the Market House, Market Square was home to Knoxville's City Hall from 1868 to 1924. Market Square was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.Land for the market place was given to the city by William G. Swan and Joseph A. Mabry. Farmers from the surrounding area would bring their wagons to the Market House, where they sold their produce and wares. During the Civil War, the Union Army used the Market House as a barracks and magazine. Knoxville's post-Civil War population boom brought about continued development in Market Square, most notably the construction of Peter Kern's confections store (now The Oliver Hotel) in 1875 and Max Arnstein's seven-story department store in 1906. After the Market House damaged by fire in 1960, the remainder of the building was demolished, and Market Square was converted into a pedestrian mall.A local newspaper once dubbed Market Square, "the most democratic place on earth," where "the rich and the poor, the white and the black, jostle each other in perfect equality." The Square has been mentioned in the works of James Agee, Cormac McCarthy, David Madden, Ken Mink and Richard Yancey, and has hosted performers ranging from Duke Ellington to Steve Winwood. Politicians and activists who have delivered speeches at the Square include Frances Willard, Booker T. Washington, William Jennings Bryan, Edward Ward Carmack, and Ronald Reagan.

Show Map Website




Report a Problem

Events

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Feb 23rd ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Feb 23rd ~ History & Ghost Hunting
06:30 pm - 02/23/2018

At Market Square, Knoxville

February 23rd, 2018 Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure....

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Feb 24th ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Feb 24th ~ History & Ghost Hunting
06:30 pm - 02/24/2018

At Market Square, Knoxville

February 24th, 2018 Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure....

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Mar 2nd ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Mar 2nd ~ History & Ghost Hunting
06:30 pm - 03/02/2018

At Market Square, Knoxville

March 2nd, 2018 Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure....

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Mar 3rd ~ Knoxville, TN

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Mar 3rd ~ Knoxville, TN
06:30 pm - 03/03/2018

At Market Square, Knoxville

March 3rd, 2018 Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure....

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Mar 9th ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Mar 9th ~ History & Ghost Hunting
06:30 pm - 03/09/2018

At Market Square, Knoxville

March 9th, 2018 ~ 6:30pm Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional...

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Mar 10th ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Mar 10th ~ History & Ghost Hunting
06:30 pm - 03/10/2018

At Market Square, Knoxville

March 10th, 2018 Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure....

Past Events

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Feb 17th ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Feb 17th ~ History & Ghost Hunting
06:30 pm - 02/17/2018

At Market Square, Knoxville

February 17th, 2018 ~ 6:30pm Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional...

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Feb 16th ~ Knoxville, TN

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Feb 16th ~ Knoxville, TN
06:30 pm - 02/16/2018

At Market Square, Knoxville

February 16th, 2018 Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure....

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Feb 10th ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Feb 10th ~ History & Ghost Hunting
06:30 pm - 02/10/2018

At Market Square, Knoxville

February 10th, 2018 Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure....

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Feb 9th ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Feb 9th ~ History & Ghost Hunting
06:30 pm - 02/09/2018

At Market Square, Knoxville

February 9th, 2018 Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure....

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Feb 3 ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Feb 3 ~ History & Ghost Hunting
06:30 pm - 02/03/2018

At Market Square, Knoxville

February 3rd, 2018 Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure....

Paranormal Adventure Tour (Postponed due to Winter Weather)

Paranormal Adventure Tour (Postponed due to Winter Weather)
06:30 pm - 02/02/2018

At Market Square, Knoxville

February 2nd, 2018 ~ 6:30pm (Postponed ~Winter Temperatures) Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to...

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Jan 27 ~ Knoxville, TN

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Jan 27 ~ Knoxville, TN
06:30 pm - 01/27/2018

At Market Square, Knoxville

January 27th, 2018 Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure....

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Dec 16 ~ Knoxville, TN

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Dec 16 ~ Knoxville, TN
06:30 pm - 12/16/2017

At Market Square, Knoxville

December 16th, 2017 Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure....

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Dec 15 ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Dec 15 ~ History & Ghost Hunting
06:30 pm - 12/15/2017

At Market Square, Knoxville

December 15th, 2017 ~ 6:30pm Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional...

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Dec 9 ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Dec 9 ~ History & Ghost Hunting
06:30 pm - 12/09/2017

At Market Square, Knoxville

Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure. Led by Famed...

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 31st ~ Halloween Night!

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 31st ~ Halloween Night!
08:00 pm - 10/31/2017

At Market Square, Knoxville

Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure. Led by Famed...

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 30th ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 30th ~ History & Ghost Hunting
08:00 pm - 10/30/2017

At Market Square, Knoxville

Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure. Led by Famed...

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 29th ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 29th ~ History & Ghost Hunting
07:30 pm - 10/29/2017

At Market Square, Knoxville

Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure. Led by Famed...

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 28 ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 28 ~ History & Ghost Hunting
10:00 pm - 10/28/2017

At Market Square, Knoxville

Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure. Led by Famed...

SOLD OUT ~ Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ History & Ghost Hunting

SOLD OUT ~ Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ History & Ghost Hunting
07:30 pm - 10/28/2017

At Market Square, Knoxville

Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure. Led by Famed...

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 27th ~ Knoxville, TN

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 27th ~ Knoxville, TN
07:30 pm - 10/27/2017

At Market Square, Knoxville

Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure. Led by Famed...

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 26th ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 26th ~ History & Ghost Hunting
08:00 pm - 10/26/2017

At Market Square, Knoxville

Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure. Led by Famed...

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 23rd ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 23rd ~ History & Ghost Hunting
08:00 pm - 10/23/2017

At Market Square, Knoxville

Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure. Led by Famed...

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 22nd ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 22nd ~ History & Ghost Hunting
07:30 pm - 10/22/2017

At Market Square, Knoxville

Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure. Led by Famed...

SOLD OUT ~ Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 21st ~ History & Ghost Hunting

SOLD OUT ~ Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 21st ~ History & Ghost Hunting
07:30 pm - 10/21/2017

At Market Square, Knoxville

Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional adventure. Led by Famed...

More Events

Knoxville Tweets

Knoxville TN Jobs
Knoxville TN Jobs
#Knoxville #TN #USA - Project Engineer-Civil/Land Engineer - Ability to read analyze and interpret general business… https://t.co/0A22tHXI7o

Knoxville TN Jobs
Knoxville TN Jobs
#Knoxville #TN #USA - Anchor / Multi-Skilled Journalist MMJ - ...nbspage of journalism. We want journalists who can… https://t.co/rWxVpLOl66

Chris W. Lawson
Chris W. Lawson
RT @TNTheatre: It's a beautiful night in #Knoxville! #knoxrocks

Ryan Gentry
Ryan Gentry
RT @emeraldyouth: What a win! It's always a good day in #Knoxville when the #Vols enjoy Gator for dinner. Celebrate and RT this for #CoachR…

Thomas Hendrix
Thomas Hendrix
@beardedirisbrew Send it to #Knoxville

Matthew McDaniel
Matthew McDaniel
RT @TNTheatre: It's a beautiful night in #Knoxville! #knoxrocks

Tennessee Theatre
Tennessee Theatre
It's a beautiful night in #Knoxville! #knoxrocks

Bijou Theatre
Bijou Theatre
America's Got Talent finalist prop comic Sam Wills, better known as @TapeFaceBoy comes to #Knoxville this Sunday fo… https://t.co/thXyDkuOcE

Ben B
Ben B
hanging in Market Square #knoxville #cityscape #chillin @ Knoxville, Tennessee https://t.co/wMN1mYJGEF

WBIR Channel 10
WBIR Channel 10
RT @TazWBIR: The thermometer on the @wbir Weather Porch shows 78. Officially 80 in #Knoxville today - a second record-high temperature in a…