John Sanburn Log Cabin

John Sanburn John G. Sanburn opened Knoxville's first general store in this cabin in the spring of 1832. When he moved to Knoxville in 1832 to open his store, he purchased or secured a large portion of all the lots in town. He married Althea Owen and they had seven children. He was the first County Clerk, first Clerk of the Circuit Court, first Recorder, first Probate Judge. first Postmaster of Knoxville and later in his life, was the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of Knox College and a trustee of Ewing Female University. He died April 14, 1865, the same day President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
The cabin was discovered in October 1963 when a house, owned by Bernice LaFolette was being demolished. The butternut timbers, squared and put together with clay and hay, were uncovered when the siding was removed. The cabin had served as the kitchen of the home. The original roof had been cut into. The demolition work halted until the cabin's origins were researched.

Log Cabin - October, 1963
Log Cabin in 1963 The Knox County Historical Sites, Inc. immediately began to raise funds to move the cabin to its current location near the Old Knox County Courthouse. The cabin was restored the following year. A fireplace chimney was added, made out of native stones gathered from nearby creek beds by local youth. The inside of the cabin was restored to represent a general store from the era.

Museum artifacts are displayed on the shelves to give the cabin an authentic atmosphere. It is the only restored remnant of Knoxville's log cabin era although several more old homes in Knoxville are said to have been built around log cabins. Log Cabin - Present Day

Inside the Cabin

Cabin Stove       Cabin Shelf

Outside the Cabin

North Side of Cabin       Cabin Door       Cabin Plaque

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