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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.

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

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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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