Lost & Found - Blount Mansion: 90 Years of Preservation - Nov 18th


Blount Mansion: 90 Years of Preservation

Knox Heritage continues its series of educational lunches, Lost & Found, on Friday, November 18th at 11:30 a.m.  Guest speaker David Hearnes will present a fascinating look at history of the Blount Mansion Association and their 90 year efforts in preserving Blount Mansion.

 The Lost & Found Lunch will be held at the office of Knox Heritage, Historic Westwood – 3425 Kingston Pike. Parking is free and is available in the Laurel Church of Christ parking lot next door – 3457 Kingston Pike. A free lunch buffet will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 12:00 p.m.  Rreservations for lunch are required. Call Hollie Cook at 865-523-8008 or email her at hcook@knoxheritage.org  to make a reservation.

Hearnes will discuss the formation of the Blount Mansion Association, their work as passionate amateur preservationists and their work with some of the biggest names in preservation in the country from 1950 to 1975.

Blount Mansion was the home of the only territorial governor of the Southwest Territory, William Blount (1749–1800). Blount was a signer of the United States Constitution and a U.S. Senator from Tennessee. The mansion served as the de facto capitol of the Southwest Territory. In 1796, much of the Tennessee Constitution was drafted at the mansion. Tennessee state historian John Trotwood Moore once called Blount Mansion “the most important historical spot in Tennessee

Hearnes is the Executive Director of the Blount Mansion Association. Born and raised in southeast Missouri he graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a BS in Historic Preservation and a BA in History in the spring of 2011 Hearnes moved to Knoxville in September of 2011 and was hired by Blount Mansion Association as Assistant Director in January of 2014 and named Executive Director in December of 2015.