RESTORING A
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ABOUT THE REBUILD

The Rebuilding of the Blacksmith's shop is the Eagle Scout project conducted by Ethan
Anderson, Life scout with Troop 500 in Corryton,  TN. The project was born from a school     assignment that encouraged Ethan to visit Ramsey House. While he was there, he had the
opportunity to speak  with the tour guide in depth and really learn about the plans that
Ramsey House has for the future. Plans that involve expanding their house museum to become a living history museum. Being a history buff himself, Ethan immediately realized that helping the Ramsey House achieve their goal was going to be the focus of his Eagle Scout project. And being an aspiring blacksmith, what better building to begin with than rebuilding the original
blacksmith's shop?

Ethan's project will begin the process of recreating the out buildings that once stood on the Ramsey Plantation, but like many regional and national treasures, have deteriorated through the years and disappeared. The Eagle Scout project guidelines require Ethan to plan and execute and document the entire project. 

 

The shop will be approximately 12' x 15' with a large sliding door on the front to allow for visitor viewing of the blacksmith and his work. There will be a large forge in the center of the shop complete with a bellows. The two ends of the shop will feature shuttered windows to allow for ventilation in warmer months. 

 
 

Help Ethan Preserve Our History!

Financial Donations

Platnium Anvil          $5,000

Golden Anvil              $2,500 - $4,999

Silver Anvil                $1,500 - $2,499

Bronze                       $   500 - $1,499

Friend                        $10 -$499

Time and Service Donations

Construction/Footers           Site Preparation

Roofing Construction            Brick Mason

Material Donations

Concrete blocks       Mulch                                     Plants                        

Cement                     Timber Roofing                     Nails

Gravel                        Synthetic Slate Roofing      Tar paper/roofing

Bottled Water            Rebar                                    Brick

Want to Volunteer on a build day? Complete the Contact Us at the
bottom of this page.

Help us Spread the word!  Download and print our brochure

 

MEET ETHAN

My name is Ethan Anderson and I'd like to welcome you my project website. Let
me tell you a little about my project. I am a Life Scout in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Part of being a Boy Scout is working to achieve our highest rank, Eagle Scout.
A large part of that rank is choosing, planning and executing a project that benefits
the people around me - my community. The project I have chosen to take on is
rebuilding the blacksmith shop for Ramsey House, a historic house museum here
in Knoxville. The house is important to our area for may reasons, not the least of
which is the preservation of our history.

I bet you are wondering how I decided on this project. Well, my favorite subject in
school has always been history. I love to study it and understand how our nation
became the great place it is today. I am also an aspiring blacksmith. I was inspired
to start blacksmithing by my uncle and have enjoyed learning more about it over
the last few years. So, you can imagine when I learned that Ramsey House wanted
to recreate their blacksmith shop, I  was excited to make it my Eagle Scout Project.
The project means a lot to me.

The re-building of the blacksmith shop would start the wheels turing for Ramsey
House to evolve into the working, living history museum they desire to be. A 
museum where school groups, family and other visitors can come and get a glimpse into the life of their very early ancestors - the people that established a place for the m in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. A place where they can see sheep grazing the field, people weaving blankets or making soap, and yes when my project is complete - a blacksmith crafting a tool all on the grounds of Ramsey House.

I want to express my appreciation to Ramsey House, and especially to Mrs. Judy LaRose, for allowing me to take on this monumental project for them. A lot of people have told me this project is too big, or it's too hard and I should scale it down to something easier to accomplish, but I disagree. One of my teachers loaned me a book entitled, "Do Hard Things."  I agree with the book, I think we, young people, should do hard things - it builds character, work ethic and determination. It won't be an easy project, I know that, but with your help and the support of my family and friends, I believe I can make it happen. There are many ways you can help with the building of the Blackmith's Shop - check out my How Can I help Page.  Will you join me? I it's going to be a project you can be proud to be a part of, I promise you that.

 

Upcoming Events

Vintage Baseball Game Bake Sale

Ramsey House

August 24, 2019    11 - 1 p.m.

Free Public Event

Join us for an afternoon of Vintage Baseball experiencing America’s game as it
was played in 1864 on the lawn of the beautiful Ramsey House! It's a double-header
with games beginning at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Food and beverage sales will be onsite as well as our Bake Sale! We would love to see you there!

 

This free public event is enjoying its 5th season and Historic Ramsey House is proud to be a part of this historic reenactment.  The players play by 1864 rules, wear period uniforms and our local Knoxville teams bare the names of actual teams that existed in Knoxville during that time. The Knoxville Holstons and Emmett’s Machinists play other vintage league teams from around the state.  The league has been in existence for 5 years and has grown from two teams to somewhere close to 15. 

Vintage Baseball Game Bake Sale

Ramsey House

August 10, 2019    11 - 3 p.m.

Free Public Event

Join us for an afternoon of Vintage Baseball experiencing America’s game as it
was played in 1864 on the lawn of the beautiful Ramsey House! It's a triple-header
with games beginning at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Food and beverage sales will be onsite as well as our Bake Sale! We would love to see you there!

 

This free public event is enjoying its 5th season and Historic Ramsey House is proud to be a part of this historic reenactment.  The players play by 1864 rules, wear period uniforms and our local Knoxville teams bare the names of actual teams that existed in Knoxville during that time. The Knoxville Holstons and Emmett’s Machinists play other vintage league teams from around the state.  The league has been in existence for 5 years and has grown from two teams to somewhere close to 15. 

 

THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL SPONSORS!

Ethan's Eagle Scout project would not become reality without the generosity and support of our sponsors and partners. Join us in helping to rebuild the Blacksmith Shop and preserve our rich history for future generations!

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