Exploring The Abandoned Legg-England House In Knoxville, TN


The Legg-England House was reportedly built by John Wesley Legg in 1846. The house, which stands at 8010 Rutledge Pike in Knoxville, Tennessee, was built to serve as a tavern, inn and an early stagecoach stop. During the time, Rutledge Pike was on the stage route to Washington D.C. It is believed that many prominent figures stayed at the Legg-England House.

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President James K. Polk may have even stayed at the property. During the Civil War, battles broke out nearby. The house was used as a command post and hospital. Eventually, the house was inherited by John Wesley Legg’s daughter, Mary Jane. Mary would go on to marry Payne England. The family is buried in the Legg-England cemetery just across the street.

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In late February of 2014, the unoccupied house caught fire. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they observed flames shooting through the single-story addition at the rear of the home. This portion of the home sustained major damage. While the house had electrical service, it was unknown whether anyone was living in the house at the time. This is a tour of what is left of the Legg-England House at night.

January 6, 2018 |

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