Tickets on sale now for our 7th Annual HearthScares Ball!
Spooky surprises await you at Knoxville’s premier Halloween Event: the 7th Annual HearthScares Ball! The Fort will be transformed into a scary landmark for an evening of Halloween costumes and dancing. Come dressed in your most impressive costume! The event includes dancing, frightening finger foods, silent auction, costume contest, and other Halloween hi-jinks! Proceeds benefit preservation at James White’s Fort. Must be 21 or over to attend. Reservations required.
Welcome to James White’s Fort
James White was born in 1747 in Rowan County, North Carolina. He was an American pioneer and soldier who founded Knoxville, Tennessee. In 1783, he led an expedition into the upper Tennessee Valley, where he discovered the future site of Knoxville. The fort was chosen as the capital of the Southwest Territory in 1790, and White donated the land for a permanent city, Knoxville, in 1791. James White died on August 14, 1821, and was buried next to his wife in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery at 620 State Street in Knoxville.
In 1970, White’s Fort was reconstructed as a museum in downtown Knoxville. White’s other namesakes in Knoxville include the General James White Memorial Civic Coliseum, the James White Parkway, and the James White Greenway.
April - November
Monday to Saturday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
December - March
Monday to Friday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm