The Historic Homes of Knoxville held their annual Founder's Day luncheon to celebrate Knoxville's 221st birthday.
City leaders came together to help celebrate key landmarks in the city's history, including the Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend House and Gardens, and Jame's White Fort.
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, who was born and raised in Maryville, addressed the crowd of 200. He said the event educates people on Knoxville's landmarks which helped shape the city's role as the Gateway to the West.
"If you really want to understand the history of our country, you've got to know about Knoxville and these homes here are a celebration of that time. One of the reasons Knoxville is important is there's no city in the eastern United States that was a more important gateway to the west than Knoxville, Tennessee at the time the United States became a country," he said.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the historic homes.