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Crescent Bend House & Gardens - Armstrong-Lockett House
Ranked #57 of 191 things to do in Knoxville
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Louisville, Kentucky
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52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Home and Gardens”
Reviewed 18 September 2013

Crescent Bend is a historic home that has gone through many changes, the last of which was an attempt to return the house to its original look. That attempt was pretty successful, and the look is augmented by the fantastic Toms Collection of antique furniture and decorative arts. It is well worth a visit. Unfortunately, the home's Web site does not go into any detail about the renovations the home is now undergoing. Those improvements have necessitated the closing of the second floor, the floor which we were told contains an impressive Georgian silver collection. So we missed that. The house was also having a wedding that day, and the place closes for weddings. That is also not posted on the Web site. However, a very kind and charming docent let us in to see the first floor and gardens at no charge. Those gardens are something to see, terraced from the home to the Tennessee River below. Don't miss the famous Massachusetts chair in the front parlor and the exquisite wallpaper in the dining room. Photos don't give a real impression.

Visited September 2013
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Tennessee
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Great historical place nice photo spot”
Reviewed 25 June 2013 via mobile

Went with my two youngest girls. We enjoyed the gardens most of all. A very well kept historical old home. The staff was great too.

Visited May 2013
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3 Thank Derek D
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59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“Lovely home”
Reviewed 10 June 2013

This is a beautifully restore home available for private parties and tours. We always enjoy our visit to the house and it's lovely gardens. The docents are well trained and share interesting aspects of history as they toured us through the house.

Visited June 2013
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3 Thank Ddavislaw
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Willoughby, OH
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130 reviews
40 attraction reviews
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“Not much original furnishings”
Reviewed 21 April 2013

Although furnished with antiques, they are not original to the house. The lovely quilts on the bed are modern, on loan by a quilt guild. The charming wallcovering in the dining area was originally destined for the Hermitage in Nashville; salvaged after a fire before delivery and tucked away in storage, it was later installed here. So everything here is very NICE, but what you see isn't what it was really like. After visiting historic homes in other cities, which had been painstakenly restored to original condition and furnishings based on estate records, I couldn't help but feel disappointed.

The many levels of terraced gardens in the rear go down to the Tennessee River. We were fortunate to view them with the tulips just slightly past prime, and still a beautiful display.

Visited April 2013
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2 Thank JanWill
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Knoxville Tennessee
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105 reviews
55 attraction reviews
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“Back to 1834 Living - A Federal Home on a Bluff Over the Tennessee River”
Reviewed 18 October 2012

Surprising to see how Tennesseans lived before the Civil War. Most of the rooms are as they were then with chairs tables, beds, etc. One parquet floored room is used for meetings along withthe tent-covered terraces in back. Italian, layered gardens go down to the water. Staff is charming. Call before you come as it may be closed when there special events there such as a wedding or private meeting.

Visited October 2012
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3 Thank Silentflier
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