History Buffs Will Want To Stop In Knoxville
Abraham Lincoln slept here and Stephen A. Douglas held court here. See where the laws were made and what we did with those who broke them. Demonstrations of antique arts, blended with the smells of the local cuisine and sights of the huge shopping fair make this a must-see stop on the Drive.
#1 Old Knox County Courthouse
The Old Knox County Courthouse was built in 1839 and used until the county seat was moved to Galesburg in 1873. Upstairs is a display of farm equipment including a Brown Corn Planter manufactured in Galesburg, a desk used byStephen Douglas when he held court in Knoxville and photographs and information about the courthouse. Downstairs you'll find the largest museum collection of Abingdon pottery in the United States.
#2 Hall Of Records is right next door.
#3 Old Jail
You'll want to photograph your friends and family behind the bars of the cramped solitary confinement cells, or in the drunk tank in the Old Knox County Jail, the site of the only (legal) hanging in Knox County. Kept just like it was in 1845, those who broke the law definitely were not pampered back then.
#4 Sanburn Log Cabin
Knoxville's first general store is still around, the Sanburn Log Cabin, built in 1832. Just imagine having to do all of your shopping in this one tiny store.
Don't leave the kids at home for the first two full weekends in October! Knoxville has plenty for kids see and do. Local high school art club students' face painting; arts and crafts will keep the kids busy. Pony rides for children and a petting zoo for kids of all ages will be available.
#11 Central Park
Musical Entertainment will be available for visitors.
Saturday: Christian/Morgan 331/3 Shades of Groove
Sunday: Mike Porter and The Panther Creek Band
Saturday: Jera and The Absolutes
Sunday: Stephanie Foster
If shopping is your thing, vendors will display their wares - a diverse mix of crafts, antiques and collectibles. We must warn you, though, forget the diet, as local civic groups will tempt you with their homemade cooking. Sandwiches, snacks and desserts can be eaten on the go. If you insist on something light, dine on stone soup at the century old Presbyterian Church on Saturdays. For a "sit down" meal, have a pancake breakfast at the 150-year-old Masonic Lodge or homemade chili and potato soup prepared by our local volunteer firefighters at the Fire Station may be just the thing. This year, the Presbyterian Church will have a quilt show both Saturdays. Raffle tickets will be sold for a handmade quilt.
#12 World War II Cannons
As you wander around our friendly town, you're sure to feel very safe, as Knoxville is stoutly defended by two authentic World War II Howitzers. No invasions from Galesburg guaranteed. Enjoy your stay!
#13 Knox County Museum
The Knox County Historical Museum was moved into its new building in 2009. It was built by Knoxville native Gil Hebard who donated the building to the City of Knoxville with the stipulation that it be used for a museum. Inside you will find historical artifacts including a buggy that Lincoln used on Oct. 22, 1858, when traveling from Plymouth to Carthage during his campaign for the U. S. Senate.