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
January and February:
Wednesday-Friday by appt.
March through December:
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. Our last tour begins at 4:00 pm.
Tour fees are as follows:
$5 for adults (age 18+)
$4 for seniors, military, and children (5-17)
Free-children 4 years and under
Please call ahead with groups of 10 or more for a discounted rate.