Bristol, Tennessee: Birthplace of Tennessee Ernie Ford

Best-known for the song "16 Tons," Ford was born in this house in 1919. The structure has been restored with period furniture. Historical marker out front.

Address:
1223 Anderson St., Bristol, TN
Directions:
On the north side of Anderson St. between 12th and 14th Sts. Has its own little parking lot.
Hours:
Tours by apt. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
276-466-9116
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Tennessee Ernie Ford's Birthplace.

Tennessee Ernie Ford's Birthplace

A sign on the outside of the house say to call the Chamber of Commerce for a tour of the inside.

[Joe Osgood, 08/19/2019]

The house is used by the Bristol Historical Association for its meetings, but it's been restored with period furniture, there's a Tennessee Ernie Ford display inside, and they'll show you the room where he was born in 1919. He died in 1991 after dinner at the White House with President Bush.


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