TN Marble History
The Tennessee marble industry was established in 1838 in Hawkins County, when this distinctive stone was shipped to Washington D.C. for the construction of the United States Capitol building. Around 1850, Tennessee Marble was discovered in Knox and Blount Counties, where with greater access to rail, the stone industry took off. Tennessee Marble is actually in the Limestone family, but is so closely related to actual marble and has the ability to take a polish, so practitioners and quarriers adopted the brand name of Tennessee Pink Marble. Because of it’s durability, versatility, abundance, and warm hue,Tennessee Pink Marble was used extensively on exteriors, floors, counters, elevators, walls, and memorials throughout our nation’s capitol city. Among those buildings are the National Gallery of Art, The Smithsonian Institution, the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, the National Cathedral, and most recently, the U.S. Capitol Visitors’ Center.
Across the Nation, you will find Tennessee Pink Marble along with many other Tennessee stone varieties in virtually every significant historic building in every major city. Tennessee marble is dense, durable, distinctive, water-resistant stone available in earth tone colors of pink, brown, gray, and beige. Tennessee marble was utilized throughout the Knoxville Region as a common building material on homes, churches, schools, and other buildings during the late 1800’s and early-to-mid 1900’s, and is now experiencing a renaissance among next generation developers and builders.
The Tennessee Pink Marble Trail is a great way to experience the living history of Tennessee Marble in the Knoxville Region. The East Tennessee Historical Society also had an exhibit and videos showcasing TN Pink Marble called Rock of Ages We celebrate the cultural impact that Tennessee Marble has had on our region with our continued dedication to providing only the best quarried Tennessee Marble to the world.