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.

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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...

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 19th ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 19th ~ History & Ghost Hunting
08:00 pm - 10/19/2017

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 15th ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 15th ~ History & Ghost Hunting
07:30 pm - 10/15/2017

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...

Girl Scout "Ghost Hunting" Patch Tour~ Oct 14th ~ Knoxville

Girl Scout "Ghost Hunting" Patch Tour~ Oct 14th ~ Knoxville
07:30 pm - 10/14/2017

At Market Square, Knoxville

GHOST HUNTER TOUR designed for Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador Dig into the science behind ghost hunting with a walking tour by Knoxville Ghost Tours AND earn...

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 13th ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 13th ~ History & Ghost Hunting
10:00 pm - 10/13/2017

At Market Square, Knoxville

SPECIAL LATE NIGHT ~ ENCORE! Grabbing National Attention, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours brings to the public an exciting way to learn history while adding additional...

SOLD OUT ~ Oct 13th ~ 7:30pm Paranormal Adventure Tour

SOLD OUT ~ Oct 13th ~ 7:30pm Paranormal Adventure Tour
07:30 pm - 10/13/2017

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 8th ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 8th ~ History & Ghost Hunting
07:30 pm - 10/08/2017

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 7th ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 7th ~ History & Ghost Hunting
07:30 pm - 10/07/2017

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 6th ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Oct 6th ~ History & Ghost Hunting
07:30 pm - 10/06/2017

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...

Girl Scout "Ghost Hunting" Patch Tour~ Sept 30 ~ Knoxville

Girl Scout "Ghost Hunting" Patch Tour~ Sept 30 ~ Knoxville
07:30 pm - 09/30/2017

At Market Square, Knoxville

GHOST HUNTER TOUR designed for Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador Dig into the science behind ghost hunting with a walking tour by Knoxville Ghost Tours AND earn...

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Sept 29 ~ History & Ghost Hunting

Paranormal Adventure Tour ~ Sept 29 ~ History & Ghost Hunting
07:30 pm - 09/29/2017

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...

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