James White's Fort

Tour the Fort

April - November
Monday to Saturday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Last tour at 4:00pm
December - March
Monday to Friday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Last tour at 3:00pm

James White’s Fort is closed during UT home football games due to parking and traffic congestion.

Some unforeseen circumstances (weather, private events, etc) may cause us to close the Fort for a day. Please contact us before your visit to confirm hours.

Smoking is prohibited on James White’s Fort property.


James White’s Fort has ample free parking for visitors.

Monthly parking is available by paid permit. Please contact 865-525-6514 for more information.

Parking is available for UT home football games ($10.00 per car). First come, first served. Space is limited.


James White’s Fort is located at 205 East Hill Avenue in downtown Knoxville, directly across the street from the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and within walking distance of other attractions such as Blount Mansion, Market Square, Krutch Park, Volunteer Landing, Alex Haley Park and the Old City. Free trolley rides are available to James White’s Fort and other downtown sites from World’s Fair Park and the UT Campus. Signs are available throughout the downtown area pointing to the Fort.

Gift Shop

Visit the Gift Shop located in the entry house to find unique gifts, interesting books, and other items used by pioneers in the 18th Century.

The Historic Homes of Knoxville

The Historic Homes of Knoxville is a local partnership between the seven historic homes in Knoxville. You can visit each site individually, or visit all of the sites by purchasing a combo pass at any of the seven locations or from the Knoxville Visitors Center. In addition, each historic site offers special events throughout the year, guided tours and rental options. For tours in January or February, please contact the sites in advance. Thank you for your interest in Knoxville’s history!