2019 Tennessee Study Tour

Online absentee bidding available for the Knoxville Live Auction! 

Can’t attend the TN Study Tour but still want to participate in the auction? Click here to access the online pre-bid auction portal to view all 14 donated items and to submit a “best and final” absentee bid. All absentee and live bids will be considered on the night of the auction where the highest bid wins.  Absentee bidding will close 12:00pm CST Monday August 19.

All winning bids will be invoiced night of the auction by Natural Stone Institute for convenient and prompt payment. Details and delivery arrangements are to be made with the item donor.
Proceeds benefit the Use Natural Stone promotional campaign.

How to bid:

Click on link, register as a bidder (credit card info is required, but NO payment is made to JDS Auction – this is just to permit your bidding), preview items, then enter your bid! You can increase the bid amount once you click the BID button. 

Submit Absentee Bid


Registration for the Study Tour is now closed. See you on August 18th!

Join us this August in Knoxville Tennessee as we explore some of the natural stone, history and culture of the city and its surrounding regions.


Crowne Plaza Knoxville
401 West Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 1-865-522-2600

Travel & Location

Closest Airport: McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) - Approx. 20 min drive
Hotel is located in the city center
Convenient Location to: Market Square, Downtown and Old City Restaurant & Shops



  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm Registration
    Attendees pick up Welcome Bag at registration table.

  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm
    Knoxville Walking Tour with Knoxville History Project guides.  Meet in hotel lobby.  Tips appreciated!

  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Reception at Pour Taproom
    Light food and beverages.

    Dinner on own


  • 7:30am-9:00am:  Breakfast with member forum from 8:00-9:00am.

  • 9:30am-10:30am:  Braxton-Bragg facility tour.

  • 11:00am- 2:00pm:  Tennessee Stone
    Live product, fabrication & install demos. Includes bbq lunch

  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm  YOGA (optional) at hotel

  • 6:00pm Reception

  • 7:00pm – 9:30pm Dinner/Auction


  • 7:30-9:00am: Breakfast with Member Forum from 8:00-9:00am.

  • 9:00-10:00am (central time):  BMJ Stone facility tour

  • 10:15am-11:15am:  Tennessee Building Stone facility tour

    Box lunch.– Eat on bus

  • 1:30pm: Arrive at Hotel

  • 2:30pm:  Depart Hotel for Planned Recreation
    - Ijams Nature Center (Aerial Park; Paddle; Bike) Return 5:30pm
    - Brew Tour - Return 6:00pm

    Night on own


  • 7:30-9:00am:  Breakfast with member forum from 8:00-9:00am.

  • 9:15am – 10:00am Candoro Heritage Site

  • 10:30am – 11:30am: Tennesse Marble Company

  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch at Lakeshore Park

  • 3:30pm:  Meet in Lobby/Depart Hotel – walk to Maple Hall bowling lanes

  • 4:00-7:00pm: Team bowling at Maple Hall. Includes reception and give back activity.

    Night on own

Registration Costs

Register before June 14 and save!
$1,295.00  Early-Bird Full 1st in Room       
$   695.00  Early-Bird Full 2nd in Room      
After June 14
$1,395.00  Full 1st in Room           
$   695.00  Full 2nd in Room           
Non-Lodging Rate            
$   695.00  Excludes lodging.           
All other registration inclusions apply.
À la carte
À la carte registration is available for:

  • Sunday Tour/Reception 4:00PM - 7:30PM  ($55.00)
    Enjoy a walking tour of downtown Knoxville followed by a reception at Pour Taproom.
  • Monday Banquet  6:00PM - 9:00PM ($150.00)
    Join us for a reception, banquet, and annual auction
  • Wednesday Team Challenge  4:00PM - 7:00PM ($45.00) 
    Join us at Maple Hall for team bowling, food and drinks. A local give-back activity will also be offered.

**Please email or call if interested in a la carte options. +1 440-250-9222

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Institute relies on the generous contributions of our sponsors to defray event costs not included in registration fees. Please support the Institute and elevate your company’s exposure to the attendees through one of our opportunities.

$1250  Closing Reception    
$1000  Transportation          
$  750  Team Building          
$  750  Bar/Reception          
$  500  Welcome Package  

Each sponsor receives:

  • Website, and on-site signage recognition
  • Their company logo featured within this year’s event gift
  • The opportunity to participate in product, fabrication and installation demos held at the Tennessee Stone location on Monday.

Sponsorship deadline is July 12, 2019.  Printed materials for Welcome Bag need to arrive at the hotel between August 12th -15th.  Sponsorship questions: email jane@naturalstoneinstitute.org

Hotel Amenities

  • Generous rooms with choice of Double, Queen or King beds
  • Suites with sofa beds are available
  • Mahogany's Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert (2nd floor Mezzanine Level)
  • The Library lounge (Lobby level-across from Front Desk)
  • In-room dining available
  • Equipped gym, free for hotel guests, open 24 hours
  • Indoor Heated Lap Pool (6:00 AM to 11:00 PM)
  • Same-day dry cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • 8 Accessible rooms

Things to Consider

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Rain jacket
  • A secure cross-bag or purse
  • Extra empty bag or suitcase (for local shopping)


Average August High 86° / Average Low 68°
(consider humidity)

Nearby Attractions

Old City
Market Square
University of Tennessee Knoxville Campus
Thompson Boling Arena
Civic Auditorium and Coliseum
Knoxville Convention Center
Tennessee Theatre
Knoxville Museum of Art
Zoo Knoxville
Worlds Fair Park
Volunteer Landing and Knoxville Riverboat Company
East Tennessee Historical Society
Blount Mansion
James White Fort
Neyland Stadium
Bijou Theatre


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