Located at the corner of Kingston Pike and Neyland Drive and on one of the most picturesque spots along the Tennessee River, Crescent Bend provides an opportunity to experience a different type of historic home in Knoxville.
Built around 1832 by Drury Paine Armstrong (1799-1856) the property was originally part of an expansive estate encompassing both sides of what was originally the Holston, later renamed the Tennessee River.
The historic house’s numerous rooms are lavishly decorated in the style of the day featuring 18th century furniture, antiques, and English Silver.
The house was restored and opened to the public in 1977 by the Toms Memorial Foundation, being open for one just for one day on July 4th during the nation’s bi-centennial the previous year.
Behind the house, the formal Italian tiered gardens, leading down to the river’s edge, are a true delight. The garden’s nine terraces and five fountains designed and built for the 1982 World’s Fair provide a stunning setting for a stroll after visiting the house and are available for weddings and private events.
Crescent Bend’s grounds are also notable for blooming tulips in the spring which provide a stylish setting for the annual Derby Day event each May.
A detailed history is available on the Crescent Bend’s official website.
Located at: 27828 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Admission Charge.
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