Happenings around the hood…

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Please note that we are postponing Fourth and Gill’s Home Tours and Brunch that were scheduled for April 26th. We are taking prompts from other organizations and feel that it’s best to make decisions out of the information available regarding the Coronavirus concern. This is not a cancellation, only a postponement until this Fall. We are happy to refund your tour tickets if you’ve purchased them or you can save them for the new date. Again, thank you for your support and we will see you in the fall!

Home Tour Brunch: Information will be sent via email

Home Tours 1:00pm – 6:pm

Guided Tours: 1:30pm and 2:30pm

The tradition of our neighborhood Tour of Homes began in early 1990 as the neighborhood was battling TDOT in regard to freeway expansion and was struggling to find help and recognition to assist in that battle. How could we get the attention of the entire neighborhood, city government, and citizens of Knoxville to come to our defense – to help us save a historic piece of the city that had long been forgotten?

The answer was: show it off! Let the world know what has been happening here in the inner city, right beside the freeway. And Voila!! A Tour of Homes! With much fear and uncertainty, six brave souls began meeting and planning the biggest party they had ever planned. After hours of volunteer effort, and the hospitality of even braver folks who opened their homes for the event, we all waited through a sleepless night and in breathless anticipation to see if anyone would come to our party.

On Saturday, September 22, 1990 we proudly opened our doors to 1,000 curious visitors who came to discover their grandmother’s home, sit on real front porches, rub their hands over old oak mantles, look at period furniture and light fixtures, and, most importantly, rediscover history. One thousand people!! Amazing!! Our party was a huge success – and it has continued for 30 years.

People continue to tour Historic Fourth and Gill because it is a truly unique Knoxville neighborhood that gets better with age. Most of the homes are now over 100 years old; a rarity in our-throw away culture. Visitors experience high quality, original craftsmanship, and painstaking restorations. They delight in the way old rooms have been adapted into contemporary spaces. They connect to family, community history, and to the warmth and friendliness of the residences.

With much excitement, as we celebrate the 30th Anniversary Tour, the Historic Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes Committee invites you to spend the day with us. New for the 2020 Tour, we are offering a pre-tour brunch, complete with delicious food selections and light cocktails. Mayor Indya Kincannon will recognize members of the original Tour of Homes Committee and speak of her time as a 20-year resident. Guests who choose to take advantage of the brunch option, please provide your email address when purchasing ticket(s) at FourthandGill.Org, so we may update you with forthcoming information.

Included with the general admission ticket and open to all tour guests, the 2020 Tour will also feature an exhibit at the Neighborhood Center, a.k.a., The Birdhouse. This exhibit will focus on tours of the past.

Tour guests may choose to walk the self guided tour path or hitch a ride on a trolley. Yet, another new feature for 2020, two guided tours, 1:30pm and 2:30pm, will be available to all guests who would like to participate. Our tour guides are “long time” residents with vast knowledge of the neighborhood.

Please join us as the 30-year party continues in this premier Knoxville Historic District. Welcome to our table!

Historic Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes Tickets

Please bring a copy of your receipt to the ticket table at Central United Methodist Church to claim your tour booklet(s).


30th Anniversary Historic Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes and Brunch

Exact brunch location information will be sent to your email address. Please look for additional information to come for our special pre-tour brunch!



Historic Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes Tickets

Please bring a copy of your receipt to the ticket table at Central United Methodist Church to claim your tour booklet(s).


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Our neighbor, INDYA KINCANNON, is the new Mayor of Knoxville City!

INdyaA truly historic moment for Fourth & Gill.

Our neighbor, INDYA KINCANNON, is the new Mayor of Knoxville City.

Our warmest congratulations to Indya, her husband Ben, and their daughters Dahlia and Georgia!

The group photo is one of Indya with the Fourth & Gillians who were at the party.

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Golden Shovel Winners!

The Spring Golden Shovel Award was awarded to Melynda Whetsel. A previous winner, Melynda’s yard looks wonderful. The Winter award went to Todd and Emily Wakefield at 1202 Luttrell Street for their fabulous holiday decorations. The competition is fierce.  We will be adding previous winners in this category in the next few weeks!Golden Shovel


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Neighborhood Bulletin Board

The Fourth & Gill Woolly Bears in collaboration with the Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Organization were recently awarded a grant from the City of Knoxville Neighborhoods Dept. One of the items funded in the grant is materials to build a bulletin board for the Fourth & Gill Park. One side of the bulletin board will be devoted to Wildlife Habitat information the other side will be open for neighbors to post about lost pets, events, poems, favorite found doodles, etc…. The grants are awarded to projects that encourage neighbors to work together to improve their neighborhoods and build relationships along the way. We are putting a call out for volunteers to help build the bulletin board structure. All skill levels are welcome. We will be meeting in the park on Saturdays from 10-1 in April and Sundays from 10-1 in May. Shown is a picture of a bulletin board structure in the South Woodlawn neighborhood that we are modeling our design on. I will also include a list of materials that we will be needing. If you happen to have some of these materials laying around and would like to donate them to the project that will help us along with a very tight materials budget. To donate building supplies please contact Gerry at gerrymoll@mac.com.IMG_3582

Building materials needed:                                                      

 2 @ 6 x 6 x 10 treated lumber

5 pressure treated 4 x 4 x 8 lumber

6 @ 50 lb. bags fast setting concrete

3’ x 2 ½’ plexiglass

3’ x 2’ cork and adhesive

Tar paper

Shingles (cedar)


2 @ 3/4” X 4’ X 8’ treated plywood

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Early bird tickets on sale for $10 until the end of March!


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Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Yard Sale – Save the Date!

Make plans to attend the Fourth & Gill neighborhood yard sale, April 13th, 7:30 a.m.  Preparations are under way and we expect several homes as usual to be included in this year’s event.  Specific homes participating will be posted once confirmed.

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Upcoming in March!

Saturday, March 2nd – Arbor Day Celebration at the Park – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monday, March 18th – Board Meeting at the Neighborhood Center – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 30th – Spring Cleanup at the Traffic Circle – 9 a.m.
Sunday, March 31st – Knoxville Marathon – Water Station at 900 Luttrell Block – 7:30 a.m.


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2019-New Year New Calendar

Click here or check the “calendar” tab for the calendar for 2019.

Our next event is the potluck and annual meeting scheduled for Monday, February 11th. The potluck begins at 6:00pm at the Central United Methodist Church with the annual meeting to follow. Hope to see you there!

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Fourth & Gill and Old North Knox combined Potluck!

The annual combined potluck between the Historic Fourth & Gill and Old North Knox Neighborhoods is this Monday, September 5th at St. James Episcopal Church on Broadway at 6:00 PM. See you there!

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