East Tennessee History Fair

Have a Blast with the Past! Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018
August 18, 2018
Downtown Knoxville

Join the East Tennessee Historical Society on Saturday, August 18, for an one-of-a-kind celebration of our region's history! Participants representing the people, places, and events that shaped our past spill out of the East Tennessee History Center and fill downtown Knoxville, making history truly come alive!

Walk the East Tennessee Timeline, replete with re-enactors interpreting time periods from early settlement to the Vietnam War. Participate in hands-on activities that keep cherished crafts alive. Board a bus and tour Knoxville's historic homes. Sit a spell in front of the Main Stage, listening to traditional music that has long been the soundtrack to our lives. All for FREE!

2017 HISTORY FAIR SCHEDULE- (2018 Schedule TBD, but will be similar to 2017)
In the East Tennessee History Center | In Krutch Park | At the Tennessee Theater | Special Tours | Market Street | Art Market, Farmers Market, Food & Parking | Vintage Base Ball

In the East Tennessee History Center

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History

  • Signature Exhibit - Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee
  • Feature Exhibit - Stories in Stitches: Quilts from the Permanent Collection

Davy Crockett's Birthday - Storytelling & Cake
  2:15 p.m.  Davy Crockett Party & Storytelling (Bilo Nelson Auditorium)
  3:00 p.m.  Davy's birthday cake from Food City (Clinch Ave, beside East TN History

In Krutch Park

History Hound Dog Costume Contest

  9:30 a.m. - Free registration
10:15 a.m. - Contest on the WDVX Radio and Clayton Country Music Stage
Emcee: Marshall Stair, Knoxville City Councilman
Judges: Dr. Robert C. DeNovo, Jr., Professor & Associate Dean UT College of Veterinary Medicine
             Dr. Dan Feller, UT History Department, Director of the Papers of Andrew Jackson

Grand prizes awarded for the BEST HISTORIC COSTUME and for the MOST EAST TENNESSEE SPIRIT!

         ♦Sponsored by:  PetSafe

WDVX Radio and Clayton Country Music Stage

Emcees:  Russ Jeffers and Freddy Smith

11:00 a.m.  Good Thymes Ceilidh Band
12:00 p.m.  The Travelin' Caudells
 1:00 p.m.  Knox County Jug Stompers
 2:00 p.m.  Russ and Becky Jeffers
 3:00 p.m.  Early Morning Stringdusters
 4:00 p.m.  Seven Pine

Friends of the Knox County Public Library Book Sale

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.    Visit the Friends of the Knox County Public Library's book sale for various history-themed publications. Books for children and adults will be available for purchase.

Mast General Store Old Fashioned Tennessee Checkers Skirmish

Show off your checkers skills by competing in a tournament of one of the world's oldest games. Prizes provided by Mast General Store!

Children's Activities

Children are invited to experience the past through game and crafts.  Among the crafts to enjoy are rag and yarn dolls, old-fashioned cup and ball toys, paper items and more!

Participating History Exhibitors

Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum Knoxville History Project
Andrew Bogle Chapter NSDAR Knoxville 89, UDC
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Major William A. McTeer Camp 39, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Appalachian Arts and Craft Center Manhattan Project National Historical Park
Birthplace of Country Music Mayme Carmichael School Organization, Inc.
Blount County Genealogical & Historical Society McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture
Bonny Kate Chapter NSDAR Mossy Creek Foundation
Candoro Arts and Heritage Center Museum of Appalachia
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Cumberland Stake Museums of Tusculum
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Knoxville Stake Northeast Tennessee Museum Association
Daughters of the American Revolution - Emory Road Chapter Old Smoky Railway Museum, Inc.
East Tennessee Cemetery Research  Sam Houston Memorial Association and Historic Schoolhouse
Ellen Renshaw House, UDC Chapter 2624 Scottish Society of Knoxville
Fort Loudon State Historic Area Sequoyah Birthplace Museum
Friends of the Knox County Public Library Smoky Mountain Historical Society
Glenmore Mansion Sons of Confederate Veterans, Longstreet-Zollicoffer Camp 87
Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center Stephen Holston Chapter TN Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
Greenback Historical Society, Inc. Suffrage Coalition
Hawkins County Genealogical and Historical Society Tennesseans for Living History 
Historic Homes of Knoxville Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association 
Historic Rugby Tennessee Great Wars Commission & Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation
Hola Hora Latina Festival Tennessee State Library and Archives
Jefferson County Historical Society Tennessee State Parks 
Jonesborough Genealogical Society University of Tennessee History Department
Knox County Museum of Education University of Tennessee History and Genealogy
Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum  University of Tennessee Press
Knoxville Civil War Roundtable Upper Tennessee Riverboat Museum 


Meet the Authors & Book Signing


Living History Timeline

  • French and Indian War & Cherokee - Fort Loudoun State Historic Area
  • 1790s - Regiment of Knox County Militia
  • Pioneer - The Daily Reenactors
  • William Thomas - Gary Holt
  • Mexican-American War - Ed Archer
  • Abraham & Mary Todd Lincoln - Tom & Sue Wright
  • General Robert E. Lee - Jim Young
  • Civil War - 79th NY Infantry, 8th TN Volunteer Infantry, and Gerald & Sandra Augustus
  • Civil War Era Baseball - Members of the Knoxville Holstons Vintage Base Ball Team
  • Suffragists - Woman Suffrage Coalition
  • World War II - Citizens Soldiers
  • Korean and Vietnam Wars - 35th Infantry Division Living History Group
  • Various - Tennesseans for Living History
  • Civil War uniform display

Demonstrating Artists

♦Will McAlister - Blacksmithing ♦Mark & Nancy Shedden - Spinning & 
   Powder Horns
♦Dale Liles, Carolyn Rogers, & Jenny
   Bennett - Spinning  & Fiber
♦Fox Hollow Creations - Chair Caning & Basket
♦Karen's Country Critters - Primitive  
   Items Made from Quilts
♦Serendipity Artist Gallery - Painting, Beaded
   Jewelry, Scarves
♦Peter Rose - Raku Pottery ♦Drake Tin and Copper - Tin & Coppersmithing
♦Wild Child Clay Works - Clay & Fiber /
   Natural Dying
♦Lillian Pearl Designs - Handmade Items & Jewelry
♦The Forge- Hammered Aluminum  

Raku Pottery

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Clinch Avenue / Activity Fee: $10 per raku pot)
Young and old alike are invited to decorate a piece of take-away raku pottery with local wood-fired potter Peter Rose

On Market Street

Antiques Fair

Downtown Knoxville's only antiques fair! Twenty of East Tennessee's best antiques dealers will be set up on Market Street behind the History Center with a sampling of quality items! Sponsored by Building Systems Technology, Inc. and Case Antiques


At the Tennessee Theater

Join us for a cinematic celebration of the region's history!  Presented by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound and the Tennessee Theatre.

  • Open House and Tours of the beautiful Tennessee Theatre will be held from 12-12:30 p.m., 1:15-1:30 p.m., 2:15-2:30 p.m., and 3:15-4:00 p.m.
  • "Knoxville, East Tennessee and Beyond: Films from the WSJK East Tennessee Public Television Archive"
      12:30-1:15 p.m.--Knoxville Films
      1:30-2:15 p.m. --East Tennessee Films
      2:30-3:15 p.m.--Beyond Films
  •  4:00-4:30 p.m.--WETP-TV's The Vietnam War: East Tennessee segment "Protestors: A Sense of Revolution"
  •  7:00 p.m.--Buster Keaton's silent classic The General, with live music accompaniment by Freddie Brabson on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ that evening at 7 p.m., this will be a $10 ticketed event.

Special Tours

Historic Homes Bus Tours
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
(Departs Gay Street at Krutch Park -  Last tour departs ~2:15 p.m.)
Board the bunted trolley at Krutch Park in front of the Holston Building. Destinations include free open houses at the following:
Blount Mansion: 1792 home of territorial governor William Blount
James White's Fort: 1786 home and fort established by Knoxville's founder
Mabry-Hazen House:  Antebellum home with all original contents and Civil War past
Bethel Cemetery & MuseumResting place of more than 1,600 Confederate dead, complete with corresponding museum
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame: An internationally recognized museum dedicated to preserving the history of women's basketball.

Knoxville Walking Tours - "Spies, Spooks, & Scoundrels"
1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
    (Departs from the History Center Entrance)

Walking Tour with Jack Neely - "“You’ve Got to Be There!” A 35th Anniversary Tour of the 1982 World’s Fair"
 4:00 p.m.
     (Departs from the History Center Entrance)

Art Market Gallery

The Art Market Gallery will be celebrating being a part of Knoxville's history for 35 years! They will feature a special exhibition of works by gallery members entitled Original Art of East Tennessee's Spaces and Places. Also celebrating its 35th year, the Art Market will serve Cherry Coke to their guests!

Market Square Farmers' Market

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Visit the Market Square Farmers' Market for a smorgasbord of local produce, free-range meat, herbs, baked good, artisan crafts, flowers, and more!

Food Vendors

Visitors will enjoy homemade baked goods, kettle corn, lemonade, barbeque, and much more!

Park or Ride

There are many parking garages to choose from in Downtown and many offer FREE parking on the weekends.  Check out the Downtown Parking guide to find your spot.

Another great alternative is to use KAT, a worry-free way to get straight to the History Fair.  Check out the KAT website or call 865-637-3000 to plan your trip.  The last bus leaves Downtown at 11:15 p.m. so you can stay all day!


East Tennessee HIstory Fair 2013
Downtown Knoxville CBID
Seven Islands Foundation
City of Knoxville
Food City
Tennessee Theatre