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House on the Hill captures the past for today’s customers

The front entrance to the House on the Hill as it is seen from West Broadway Avenue.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

The front entrance to the House on the Hill as it is seen from West Broadway Avenue.

Ben Glascock stands at the foot of the staircase where his aunt was married 80 years ago.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

Ben Glascock stands at the foot of the staircase where his aunt was married 80 years ago.

The twin staircase inside the front entrance to the House on the Hill greets visitors.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

The twin staircase inside the front entrance to the House on the Hill greets visitors.

The formal dining room of the House on the Hill can be used for a variety of events or parties.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

The formal dining room of the House on the Hill can be used for a variety of events or parties.

Ben Glascock’s Aunt Nancy Beth got married in the House on the Hill in Maryville 80 years ago.

Now that the family home at 827 West Broadway Ave. is open as an event center, Glascock hopes more brides will come down the twin stairway in the center of the 100-year-old structure.

Glascock has redone the house and is now opening the home that holds good family memories for him to today’s brides, party planners and families who need a place to have an event.

The house, made of American Chestnut, has 3,500 square foot of space. “We’re approved to accommodate between 50 -75 people inside and many, many more outside - probably a couple hundred,” Glascock said.

“Any kind of event people want to have, we do. Our lists includes wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bereavement events, birthday parties, reunions, anniversaries, bridal showers and baby shows,” he said. “Being right across from the high school, we can even do private tailgate parties.”

The house sits on three acres. “It’s a great location. There are a number of settings we can do. Certainly we have the gazebo and arch. You can have music on the front porch and a place to party in the front yard,” he said. “We have an area to put up a tent, put down a portable dance floor and have a band. Our customers can choose to have their events inside, outside or both, and the prices vary accordingly.”

Glascock, 40, said he is proud of what he is offering to the community. “I think the property is unique,” he said. “I don’t think there’s anything like it in Blount County.”

The history of the house goes back to the early 1900s when Pete Hood, the owner of Elkmont Railroad, built the house between 1905 and 1910.

Alcoa, Inc. bought the house for Glascock’s grandparents, Ben and Nannie Lea Glascock. His grandfather was an executive with the company and stayed with Alcoa for 15 years before leaving, buying the home and starting an insurance company.

“The Depression wiped him out. In order to keep the house, he rented the four bedrooms to college students and built the apartments in the carriage house. They rented them, and my grandfather used what now is the kitchen as a bedroom,” Glascock said. “He worked until he was 74 to pay off debts. He refused to declare bankruptcy.”

When Glascock’s grandparents died, his aunt Nancy, who lived most of her adult life in an apartment at the house, and her husband, Byron Gerkins, restored the house to its original condition.

Gerkins owned Byron’s Graphic Arts in Maryville. The business was eventually sold and is now known as Byron’s Printing. When Nancy died, Glascock found he had an opportunity to buy the house.

“I was the only one in the family who could buy the house from the estate. I wasn’t ready to see it leave the family,” Glascock said. “I moved up here from Charlotte where I was a pilot with U.S. Airways. I’m retired now. I’ve been here 22 years.”

Glascock lived in the house for more than 20 years before deciding to convert it to an event facility.

Glascock now has the house ready for the public to see and customers to rent. An open house is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, for the public to come see the house. For more information about House on the Hill, call 865-984-3325.

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