Crescent Bend House & Gardens

COVID-19 Update

Historic Crescent Bend House & Gardens will remain temporarily closed for tours until further notice out of an abundance of caution as the spread of the COVID-19 virus continues to impact our world, our nation, our state and our local community.

All private events that are currently scheduled are being evaluated on a case by case basis with each client. For information on booking events at Crescent Bend please call 865-335-7332. Please continue to visit our Facebook page or our website at for additional information as it becomes available.

While this decision was difficult to make we believe that it is made in the best interest as to the health and safety of our guests, staff, vendors, and volunteers in order to minimize the spread of this virus and the impact it will have on our nation’s health system and our local community.

We greatly appreciate everyone’s flexibility and patience as we navigate this unprecedented circumstance together and we thank you for your continued support of Crescent Bend House & Gardens.

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Beginning in 1832, Drury Paine Armstrong (1799-1856) established a gentleman’s farm and house for his wife and family just west of downtown Knoxville. He named the farm “Crescent Bend” for the commanding view of a majestic crescent bend of the Holston River, now called the Tennessee River.  The Armstrongs moved into their new home on October 7th, 1834.  Drury Armstrong’s Crescent Bend started with 600 acres of land on the north side of the river, and a within few years he acquired another 300 acres on the south side. He owned several other tracts of land in and around Knoxville, upon one of which a famous Civil War battle, the Battle of Armstrong’s Hill, would be fought.

 historic-homes-crescent bend small photoDuring the Civil War, the house was used by both Union and Confederate Armies as a command center and hospital. Thousands of soldiers encamped and fought skirmishes on Crescent Bend farmland. Originally the Union Army controlled Crescent Bend and built an earthen fortification around the house; began on the western side of the house, wrapped around the back of the house, and connected with Kingston Pike on the east. This defensive earthen trench work gave the Union Army a commanding view of the river and the pike leading into town.

 Phone: 865-637-3163
Address: 2728 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
Tours: Wednesday-Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm
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