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An Evening with Jack Neely

414 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
414 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

(865) 249-8454

  • Date(s): June 21, 2018 to June 21, 2018
  • Event Time(s): 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Location: Maple Hall

Jack Neely returns upstairs at Maple Hall on June 21st for an intimate evening of stories and local lore concerning:

An Evening with Frances Hodgon Burnett

The author of The Secret Garden was a Knoxville teenager known as Fannie Hodgson when she published her first story—150 years ago this month! With the help of scholar Paul Brown, who has recently turned up new information in his research of the British-born author’s early writing years, ca. 1868-1875, in Knoxville locations like “Noah’s Ark” and “Vagabondia Castle” will share what he has learned, and with readings from her first published story, and her obscure memoir about Knoxville, we’ll offer a toast to Ms. Burnett’s astonishing career.

Also, the Maple Hall bar staff will be serving up unique cocktails that pay homage to Knoxville's colorful past. You won't want to miss this one of a kind downtown experience!

We look forward to seeing you on the 21st at 6:30pm.

As always, no cover charge. 21+.

Jack Neely, Executive Director of the Knoxville History Project, is a journalist who has been writing about his hometown’s character and heritage for 30 years. He is a well-known speaker and author of numerous award-winning Knoxville history books including Knoxville’s Secret History, Secret History II, Market Square: A History of the Most Democratic Place on Earth, and The Tennessee Theatre: A Grand Entertainment Palace.


An Evening with Jack Neely