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January 24, 2019

For more than a century, the area around the circa-1796 Blount Mansion was a vibrant neighborhood, featuring homes of prominent, wealthy citizens as well as squalid waterfront shantytowns. Dozens of structures were demolished to make way for the Andrew Johnson Hotel in the 1920s, and the construction of Neyland Drive coupled with the ravages of urban renewal finished the job. Today, Blount Mansion and a handful of other historic buildings stand as lonely reminders of this vanished community.

Veteran Knoxville journalist and historian Jack Neely, Executive Director of the Knoxville History Project, will bring the Hill Avenue neighborhood back to life with a special presentation, titled “Hill Avenue Blues.” 

Located at Blount Mansion

Thursday, Jan 24 - 6pm