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Fort Sanders Party, Sunday at 4

It's been nearly 150 years since the cannons cooled, but Fort Sanders is once again under siege. Judging by the news, and rumors of more news to come, these are critical days for the old Victorian neighborhood adjacent to downtown and UT.

Sunday at 4, at James Agee Park (corner of Laurel Avenue and James Agee Street), the Historic Fort Sanders District Association, collaborating with Knox Heritage, is hosting a free party, a homecoming, a pep rally, for Fort Sanders residents and former residents, and all the people who love them and the what remains of the old neighborhood.

It's East Tennessee's most densely populated neighborhood, and arguably its most famous. James Agee's works about Fort Sanders alone have resulted in a major classical soprano piece by Samuel Barber as well as a Broadway show and three significant motion pictures. Thanks to Agee, people around the world love Fort Sanders even before they've ever been to Tennessee. (The BBC has been here to record documentaries about it, twice.) It's also the home of Tennessee's most famous impressionist, the origin of the Men in Black legend, and cradle of too many good rock'n'roll bands to name here.

But to lots of big shots in board rooms, Fort Sanders looks like it's overdue for a good flattening. Some people don't get Fort Sanders. If you do, come out on Sunday.

The party on Sunday afternoon will be a party, and it's free, but if you want to help Fort Sanders, they'll tell you how.

See the press release below.
 Residents, Neighbors, & Friends of Historic Neighborhood to Gather, Celebrate, Plan
KNOXVILLE, TENN. - The Historic Fort Sanders Neighborhood Association and Knox Heritage will host a Neighborhood Homecoming on Sunday, September 22, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in James Agee Park at the corner of Laurel Avenue and James Agee Street. The organizations invite all current and former neighborhood residents and anyone interested in the future of Fort Sanders to attend and help set the course for the future of the neighborhood.
Guests will enjoy food and music while helping set the vision for the future of one of Knoxville's most beloved historic neighborhoods. In case of rain, the event will be held at the Laurel Theatre (1538 Laurel Avenue).
The Fort Sanders neighborhood is one of Knoxville's oldest historic districts, and has been influenced for many years by market forces that are created by its location near the University of Tennessee, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and Children's Hospital. These forces have created a neighborhood that is a mix of residential owners, apartment complexes, and uses that accompany these major institutions. However, an alarming number of historic properties in the neighborhood are threatened by deterioration or demolition.
The Fort Sanders Neighborhood stands at a crossroads as opportunities and threats converge to determine the future of East Tennessee's most densely populated and eclectic neighborhood. At the Neighborhood Homecoming, everyone will cast their vote for what they believe are the most important initiatives that should be undertaken to secure the future of the neighborhood known as Knoxville's Front Porch. Those priority areas will become the focus of efforts by the Historic Fort Sanders Neighborhood Association and Knox Heritage as they work with other stakeholders and the City of Knoxville to revitalize the neighborhood.
For more information or to volunteer please send a message to or call Knox Heritage at (865) 523-8008. Information is available on the Historic Fort Sanders Neighborhood Association Facebook page.
Knox Heritage advocates for the preservation of places and structures with historic or cultural significance.  For more information, visit
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