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Hammond House showcases Victorian style

March 29th, 2012 1:12 pm by Staff Report

Hammond House showcases Victorian style

Hammond House is open to groups upon request.

Hammond House is a lovely restored Victorian period home located in the Boatyard Historic District.

E.D. and Louie M. Smith built the house in 1892, and Vurl and Neta Hammond purchased the house in 1969. The Hammonds devoted their time and energy into restoring the house to its original Victorian style.

Prior to that, the house had deteriorated and become a low-rent property. The Hammonds furnished the house with antique pieces, many from local estate sales. There is a beautiful working walnut foot-pump organ and a working Edison phonograph in one front parlor. In another front parlor, there is a fainting couch, which may have been used by ladies who fainted from restrictive clothing articles. There are other period furniture and décor items throughout the house.

The house was given to the Netherland Inn/Exchange Place Association by the Hammonds, along with a trust to fund its basic operation. In addition, in the last three years, the Kingsport Community Foundation has awarded Hammond House two grants to showcase and promote the historic site. One grant allows for Girl Scouts and other youth groups to learn about Victorian culture by playing period games and enjoying Victorian foods at a tea party. The other grant, awarded earlier this month, will go towards the establishment of a Victorian garden on the property.

The general public can visit Hammond House during the Fun Fest open house, traditionally the first Saturday of Fun Fest. Volunteers, some in period costumes, will point out special features and exhibits throughout the house and serve refreshments. Children’s activities will include learning to play croquet in the side yard.

"We are open to groups upon request, such as church groups, garden clubs, educational groups, or a group of friends interested in viewing the house. There is no charge for group visits," said Bill Dunn of the Netherland Inn/Exchange Place Association.

For more information on Hammond House, call 423-245-5523, or visit the website at

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