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Urban Hiking Tour of Knoxville

Dates:April 5-26, 2023
Meets:W from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location:UT Conference Center, downtown Knoxville
Cost: $129.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

A city hike is a different experience from a mountain hike, but certainly just as interesting. This course includes four guided tours through Knoxville's most fascinating walks, including a surprise destination during one session. We'll visit the University of Tennessee campus, showing how it has unfolded from a tiny regional college on its original hilltop campus of 1828 into a major university. We'll discover the sculpture and biography of National Cemetery and Old Gray Cemetery, with stories of the surprising and far-flung folks buried there. And we'll explore downtown Knoxville-the original part from the river to Market Square, once known as Uptown, and then the railroad, Emory Place, Old City, Irish Town, and Cripple Creek area, once known as Downtown. Each walk will last about two hours, and we'll conduct them rain or shine. (If the weather is really terrible, we'll find a place inside to talk.)

Student praise for this course: "Mr. Neely is a wealth of information. I am a lifelong resident of Knoxville and I leaned so much! I enjoyed this course very much and would definitely recommend it to anyone."

Fee: $129.00

UT Conference Center, downtown Knoxville

Jack Neely

Jack Neely is executive director of the Knoxville History Project, an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and regularly leads tours and gives lectures about Knoxville and its history.

Neely has produced nine books about Knoxville history, including Market Square: A History of the Most Democratic Place on Earth and The Tennessee Theatre: A Grand Entertainment Palace. He has won numerous awards for his writing from the Society of Professional Journalists, the East Tennessee Historical Society, and UT Press.

Date Day Time Location
04/05/2023Wednesday6 PM to 8 PM UT Conference Center, downtown Knoxville
04/12/2023Wednesday6 PM to 8 PM UT Conference Center, downtown Knoxville
04/19/2023Wednesday6 PM to 8 PM UT Conference Center, downtown Knoxville
04/26/2023Wednesday6 PM to 8 PM UT Conference Center, downtown Knoxville

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