Thursday, October 13, 2011

We are going to have a SCARY good time!!

Halloween Haunts & Haints
at Marble Springs State Historic Site
1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville 37920
If You Dare…
Saturday, October 29th 4pm 8pm
You can expect to encounter trick or treating at the historic buildings, face painting, period children’s craft activities, apple bobbing and, of course, storytelling for the young & the young at heart!

$5 Adults (16+), $3 Children (4-15), 3 & Under FREE
$20 Cap Per Family

4pm Registration Begins for Costume Contest
    Children’s activities begin
5pm Registration Ends for Costume Contest
5:15pm Costume Parade Line-up & Costume Contest Judging
6pm Slightly Scary Stories by the bonfire
Seriously Scary Stories (for the brave!) in the Tavern
6:45pm 7:15pm Trick or Treating at the Historic Structures
7:15 Scary Stories by the Bonfire
Seriously Scary Stories (for the brave!) in the Tavern

Costume Contest Categories: Best Fictional, Cutest, Scariest, Most Historical, Most Creative, & Best Overall.

For more information: (865) 573-5508

This event is co-sponsored by the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association & Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

'Shopping at the Farm' Farmers Market

Marble Springs State Historic Site is proud to present ‘Shopping at the Farm’ – a new Farmers Market for the South Knoxville Community.  Starting on June 9, the market will be held on every Thursday from 3-6pm.  All vendors will be selling fresh, locally-produced products.   

We are currently accepting vendor applications for local farmers, artists & craft vendors.  No resale is allowed - all items sold must be grown or produced by you.  

 Email or call 573-5508 for a vendor information packet, which includes a registration form.

All activities take place at the Marble Springs State Historic Site: 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920.

Information found at 865-573-5508

We look forward to seeing many of our friends & supporters at the upcoming Farmers Markets!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Statehood Day Living History Weekend

June 1, 2011 marks the 215th anniversary of Tennessee’s admission as the 16th state in the year 1796.  Marble Springs State Historic Site will commemorate this occasion with a weekend of Living History demonstrations.  

Saturday, May 28 from 10am-5pm walk amongst Living History interpreters in 18th Century clothing portraying life on the frontier.  Militia drills and a reading of the Declaration will take place, along with demonstrations of 18th--Century life. Also on Saturday, starting at 10am, free homemade biscuits will be distributed to all visitors in honor of the International Biscuit Fest that is being held in downtown Knoxville.   

The celebration will continue into Sunday, May 29 from 12-5pm with Living History encampments, open-hearth cooking and various interpreters.  A variety of vendors featuring homemade wares will also be on hand throughout the weekend.   
 This event is free & open to the public.  Donations will be accepted & are appreciated. 

All activities will take place at: 
Marble Springs State Historic Site
1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway
Knoxville, TN  37920

More information can be found:
Our Facebook event page
(865) 573-5508
Or send us an email at 

We look forward to seeing you there!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Knoxville Symphony League presents "A Picnic at Marble Springs"

On Tuesday, April 5, 2011, Marble Springs was the setting for a 'Picnic at Marble Springs', which was presented as part of the Knoxville Symphony League's Annual Elegant Dining Series.  This was the first time in recent memory that Marble Springs served as the venue for such an event.  We were pleased to be a part of this wonderful day & are always happy to partner with local organizations that are dedicated to supporting the arts throughout Knoxville & Knox County.  Patrons were invited to enjoy the beautiful outdoor scenery, savor the tastes of the fabulous lunch menu (provided by the always fantastic Rex Bradford Jones) & tour the historic structures.  During their guided tour, guests learned the history of Marble Springs State Historic Site & John Sevier.

After lunch was served, guests had the opportunity to gather around the roaring fire in the Tavern & speak to musicians from the Knoxville Symphony who were on hand to answer questions & talked of their experiences with the KSO.  Despite the dreary weather conditions, all guests had a wonderful time!!

We enjoyed hosting this wonderful luncheon & look forward to seeing many of our new friends at future events!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Marble Springs Storytelling Festival

On Saturday, April 9th, Marble Springs State Historic Site, in conjunction with the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association, hosted the 2nd Annual Storytelling Festival. Professional Storytellers presented stories based on humor, history, stories for and by children, Native American stories, Appalachian & Smoky Mountain Tales, just to name a few!  

 In the evening, our brave guests gathered around the Bonfire for slightly scary ghost stories for the younger crowd, while seriously scary stories for the brave were being told in the tavern!

If you enjoy a good story from an excellent storyteller, be sure to mark your calendars!  Marble Springs State Historic Site, in conjunction with the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association will be hosting a Halloween Storytelling Event on Saturday, October 29 from 4-8pm. 

Friday, March 18, 2011

Reflections of Springtime

From the Director

It is a sunny day with temperatures reaching near 78 degrees and we are already working on cleaning up the site in preparation for a busy year.  As I type these words I hear the buzzing of chainsaws dismantling the dead and fallen trees as the tractor pulls the debris away for mulching.  How fortunate we are to have a group of people interested in maintaining the beauty of our historic site.

Spring is a beautiful time of year at Marble Springs with budding trees and wildflowers, dogwoods blooming, the sound of frogs croaking from the streams and the sounds of birds calling from the many cedars and pines that dot our land. The tourists have awoken from their winter hibernation and enjoy their spring break touring our site and enjoying all that Knoxville has to offer.

On sunny days, like today, when I walk into the quiet old log cabins, smell the settled wood smoke, hear the sounds of nature around me and feel the breeze blowing through the doorway to brush gently on my skin that I feel such a surge of happiness to be here.  I'm so happy that Marble Springs survives and that we have the privilege of preserving, interpreting and sharing this wonderful place with our community.

Many blessings...