ELET Makes New Home in Historic Building

Caswell HouseSince 2010, Elder Law of East Tennessee has been helping East Tennessee families to find creative and comprehensive solutions to the legal, financial, and care challenges of aging. In addition to offering traditional elder law services like estate planning and asset protection planning, ELET was the first law firm in East Tennessee to offer Life Care Planning. This is a holistic approach to elder law which incorporates care coordination with estate planning and public benefits applications and which enables the elder and his or her family to make the best long-term financial and care choices.

As more people in the community have become aware of the unique services we offer to our clients and their families, we have enjoyed tremendous growth and have quickly expanded beyond the capacity of our current office space. Therefore, we are excited to announce our upcoming move to the historic Colonel Caswell House at 903 N. Hall of Fame Dr., Knoxville, TN. The new building is conveniently located just off of I-40, less than two miles away from our current location. A map is available on our website.

Our office will be closed for one week beginning Tuesday, February 25th, and we will reopen at our new location on March 5th. We will be available to our clients by phone and e-mail during this time.

All of us at ELET are excited about having a new office space in which we can continue to grow and better serve our clients. We look forward to welcoming you into our new home!

Colonel Caswell

Photo of Col. William M. Caswell used with permission of Old Dobbers genealogical website.

About the Colonel Caswell House

Our new home, the Colonel Caswell House, is a historic building built in 1915 by prominent Knoxvillian Colonel William M. Caswell. The beautiful brick building is a form of the Prairie or American Foursquare style that originated in Chicago in the early 20th century. It is, according to Charles M. Faulkner of the UT Department of Anthropology, one of only a few house styles indigenous to the United States.

Colonel Caswell was born in Russellville, Tennessee in 1846 to General William Richard Caswell and Elizabeth Carter Gillespie. His father, great-great grandson of the first American governor of North Carolina, moved to Knoxville just before the Civil War and was appointed Brigadier General in the Confederate Army. Colonel Caswell, then age 15, served with his father as a courier during the Civil War. After the war he attended Edgehill Military School in Princeton, N.J. and Washington and Lee University in Virginia, but he lived the rest of his life as a civilian, starting out as a clerk in a shoe store, rising to become a partner in the Boyd and Caswell furniture store, and even later becoming a real estate tycoon as president of the Knoxville Savings and Development Company. He was responsible for developing much of the area on the near northeast side of Knoxville. In his later years he donated the land that became Caswell Park, visible from his bedroom window in the Colonel Caswell House, to the City of Knoxville.

In 1993, Farmer’s Mutual of Tennessee restored the historic house and adapted it for use as the firm’s local office. Now that Farmer’s Mutual has moved on, Elder Law of East Tennessee has taken up the mantle, conducting extensive renovations on the interior while preserving many of the building’s beautiful original features, including hardwood floors and brass-finished chandeliers.