Marble Springs hosts stargazing

Venus and Jupiter are two of the brightest planets visible in the night sky. On the evening of August 27, 2016, Marble Springs State Historic Site will be hosting a Stargazing Workshop to view the conjunction of these two bright planets. The workshop will begin at 9:30pm in the cottage with a video/lecture on Venus and Jupiter before moving to the grounds to view the conjunction. The two planets will be visually very close together, appearing only 0.06 degrees apart. This workshop will conclude at 11:30pm.

Participation in stargazing events is a $1 donation. In the event of inclement weather, the video/lecture portion will still take place. Details are subject to change.

This workshop will take place at Marble Springs State Historic Site at 1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. For more information email or call (865)573-5508.

Programming assistance for this event is provided by Knox County. Marble Springs is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission, and supplemented by additional funds raised by the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association.

About Marble Springs State Historic Site

Marble Springs State Historic Site is the last remaining home of John Sevier. Born in Virginia in 1745, John Sevier made a name for himself as a Revolutionary War Hero during the Battle of Kings Mountain (1780), a key player and Governor of the short-lived State of Franklin (1784-1788), and ultimately was elected to serve as the first Governor of the State of Tennessee (1796).

Marble Springs was the approximate 350-acre farm that Sevier lived on from 1801-1815, the last years of his life. Sevier named his farm Marble Springs because of the Tennessee Rose Marble that was quarried on site and the natural springs that flowed on the property.

While visiting Marble Springs, guests have the opportunity to tour several historic structures that are designed to represent various aspects of John Sevier’s life and times. These structures include: the Tavern, Loom House, Smoke House, Spring House and the John Sevier Cabin and detached kitchen.

For more information, call (865)573-5508.