The new building for the Knox County Historical Museum was completed in 2009 and the grand opening was Sept. 27, 2009. It was designed and constructed by Knoxville native Gil Hebard and his wife Mary, who donated the building after it was finished to the City of Knoxville with the stipulation that it be used for a museum. It contains over 2,000 artifacts donated by individuals, families and businesses of the area.
Native American artifacts represent the county's first inhabitants. Uniforms, guns and other military items used by county residents represent their participation in national wars and conflicts. Churches, schools and businesses no longer in existence can be remembered through pictures, books and artifacts. Private tours of the buildings and museum may be arranged by calling 1-309-289-6919 or the Knoxville City Hall, 1-309-289-2814. There is no admission fee but donations are accepted to help maintain the building and artifacts.