TN Marble History
The Tennessee Marble industry was established by the late 1830’s 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 a sedimentary rock in the limestone family. Because it has brilliant color and takes a high polish, practitioners adopted the brand name of Tennessee Marble. Because it is durable, versatile, abundant, and beautiful warm hues,Tennessee Pink Marble was used extensively for wall coverings, floors, counters, elevators, and memorials throughout our nation’s capitol city. Among those buildings are the National Gallery of Art, the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, the National Cathedral, the Newseum, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 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 many significant historic buildings in every major city. Tennessee marble is a dense, durable, distinctive, water-resistant stone available in earth tone colors of Light and Dark Rose, Cedar, and Quaker Gray. 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. Not as common today, however Tennessee Marble is still a go to stone for builders looking for authenticity, permanence, and beauty.
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 fine quarried Tennessee Marble to the world.