History of Chilhowee Park

Park Director

Greg Mackay
gmackay@smgknoxville.com
(865) 215-1454

3301 Magnolia Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37914

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Chilhowee Park

F.C. Beaman (1836), a college professor, was the founder of what we now call Chilhowee Park. Beaman wanted to designed a park where citizens could enjoy a beautiful setting which included a lake for boating and swimming, caves to explore, springs, and a dance pavilion.

Chilhowee Lake
Postcard of Chilhowee Lake

In 1910 the first Appalachian Exposition was held at Chilhowee Park.  Nine major buildings were readied to house displays and attractions.  The main exhibit hall for the Exposition was the Liberal Arts Building, which set on the east shore of the lake. The beautiful building was destroyed by fire on June 29, 1938.

Liberal Arts Building
Liberal Arts Building

The Chilhowee Park Bandstand is the only structure built for the 1910 Appalachian Exposition that still exists today.

Bandstand
Bandstand


Historical information taken from Meet Me At The Fair!, written by Stephen V. Ash, copyright 1985, published by Tennessee Valley Agricultural & Industrial Fair. Postcards provided by Robin and Kim Bryant.