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Crescent Bend House and Gardens

Historic Site or Trail

Historic Crescent Bend House & Gardens is one of the Southeast’s finest house museums and gardens. Built in 1834 by Drury Paine Armstrong, Crescent Bend was once a 600 acre working farm and so named for its prominent setting overlooking a majestic crescent bend in the Tennessee River just west of downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Armstrong-Lockett House Museum at Crescent Bend contains an extensive fine antique art and furniture collection from notable artisans like Michael Allison, Honore Launnier, Benjamin Frothingham, Samuel McIntire, and Sir Thomas Lawrence. Also on display is an outstanding American and English Silver collection dating back to the 16th century with eminent silversmiths like Paul de Lamerie, Paul Storr, and seven women silversmiths that includes the works of Elizabeth Godfrey and Hester Bateman. Visitors will be able to discover the mystery behind the hidden trap door of this historic home and hear the tale of how the Jean Zuber wallpaper made its’ travels to Crescent Bend by the way of a United States President and a Pirate.

The William P. Toms Memorial Garden at Crescent Bend is a three-acre formal Italian terraced pleasure garden that overlooks the Tennessee River. Visitors can stroll among the nine terraced gardens of Japanese Maples, Roses, Conifers, Perennials and thousands of colorful blooming annuals that are set to the backdrop of the dancing waters from five large fountains.

How to Get There

From either West or East Interstate 40/75 through Downtown Knoxville take exit 386B to Alcoa Highway (US129). Proceed 1/2 mile and take the Kingston Pike (US 11/70) exit. From the exit ramp turn right to proceed West on Kingston Pike. Crescent Bend is located at 2728 Kingston Pike 500 yards west from Alcoa Highway.


One can visit Crescent Bend House & Gardens Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am until 4:00pm, Saturday 10:00am until 2:00pm, and Sunday 1:00pm until 4:00pm. (Closed on all major holidays).


Visitor Fees

General Admission to tour the house museum and gardens is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. A $2.00 discount on an Adult admission is given to AAA, AARP, & Knox Heritage

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