Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Knott House


Some of early Tallahassee's finest residences were built along Park Avenue in downtown. The area is now known as the Park Avenue Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here is a photograph of the Knott House, which was probably built by George Proctor, a free black man, in 1843 as a wedding gift for the bride of a local attorney. In 1865, the house was used as a temporary Union Headquarters and the Emancipation Proclamation was read from the front steps on May 20, 1865, declaring freedom for all slaves in the Florida Panhandle. After the civil war, the house was purchased by George Betton, a local physician. The house was acquired by William and Luella Knott in 1928. William Knott was Florida's first State Tax Auditor and also served as Treasurer. He was the Democratic Party candidate for Governor in 1915. The Knotts lived there until they both died in 1965 and their son inherited the house and lived there until his death in 1985. The Historic Tallahassee Preservation Board accepted the house to operate as a museum in 1986. After restoration, the Knott House opened to the public in 1992. For more info including inside pictures go here: http://www.taltrust.org/knott.htm

8 comments:

Hilda said...

What a grand history! I so envy your historic preservation program — so many old houses in the City of Manila (the oldest in the metro) are just being left to rot :(

On a lighter note: can you imagine having to clean that huge house yourself?! You'll need a battalion of servants to live here!

Pam said...

What a beautiful old house, it has such character. I enjoy learning the history of old buildings, it makes them live forever in our minds ;)

Mo said...

A very colourful history. What does the museum exhibit.

JM said...

Amazing how many owners since it was built! It looks beautifully preserved.

arctic dreamer said...

Absolutely fascinating! It makes the house all the more valuable when you have so much info on the people who built it & lived there!

magiceye said...

imposing

Lisa Wilson said...

Very pretty!

Christina and photography by Buddy said...

Very well done on the history of the house
I just love old houses what stories they can tell
Thank you for sharing this post
Christina