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About Us

Marble Springs State Historic Site is the last home and farm of John Sevier, Tennessee's first governor, who was elected in 1796.  Sevier served six terms as Tennessee governor in Knoxville, the state's first capital city.  He also acted as the first and only governor of the short-lived State of Franklin.  Sevier was a congressman from the Eastern District for four terms, a high-ranking officer in the North Carolina militia, and a hero at the 1780 battle of Kings Mountain against the British.  Farmer, trader, land speculator, soldier, politician, husband, and father of 18 children, John Sevier embodied the pioneer spirit of the day.  

Named for its picturesque and soothing springs and the Tennessee "pink marble" quarried nearby, the site features a period tavern, kitchen, cabin, loom house, and spring house that help interpret Tennessee’s early frontier history. You can enjoy touring the historic structures, walking on beautiful nature trails, and picnicking under the site's pavilion.  Please don't forget to visit our Trading Post gift shop for unique memorabilia and locally made gifts!

Marble Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, notable for its connection to John Sevier and its early Tennessee architecture.  It is a certified wildlife habitat and has served as a significant educational resource for thousands of area school children for more than 50 years.  Marble Springs is the recipient of an Award of Excellence and Commendation from the Tennessee Association of Museums.

Hours of Operation

1220 W. Governor John Sevier Hwy

Knoxville, TN 37920

January and February:

Wednesday-Friday by appt.

Saturday: 10:-4:00pm

Sunday: 12pm-4pm

March through December:

Wednesday-Saturday: 10am-5pm

Sunday: 12pm-5pm

We are closed on Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.


We follow Knox County Schools for weather-related closings


There is no charge to enjoy the grounds on your own.  If you would like a tour of the cabins, however, our staff will be happy to help you with that. Tours last 45 minutes to an hour.

Tour schedule as follows:
11:00 AM
1:00 PM

3:00 PM

Tour fees are as follows:

$10 for adults (age 18+)

$8 for seniors, military, and children (5-17)

Free for children 4 years and under

Please call ahead with groups of 10 or more for a discounted rate.

Marble Springs State Historic Site John Sevier's Cabin Home

Combo Pastport

Marble Springs is a proud member of the Historic Homes of Knoxville and a participant in the HHK Combo Pastport; an incredible value at $40 per pass! The Historic Homes of Knoxville is a local partnership between seven historic homes and the East Tennessee Historical Society and Museum that offer guided tours throughout the year. You can visit each site individually, or visit all of the sites by purchasing a combo pass at any of the seven locations or from the Knoxville Visitors Center. In addition, each historic site offers special events throughout the year as well as rental options. For tours in January or February, please contact the sites in advance. Thank you for your interest in Knoxville’s history!

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