The Armstrong-Lockett House, more romantically called Crescent Bend (2728 Kingston Pk., 865/637-3163, Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 1–4 p.m., $5), was built in 1834 by Drury Paine Armstrong, a local merchant and public official. The brick farmhouse was once the centerpiece of a 600-acre farm. Now it consists of the elegant home and formal Italian gardens facing the Tennessee River.
Visitors who take the guided tour will see a fine collection of china, silver, and other antiques, including wallpaper originally meant for The Hermitage, president Andrew Jackson’s home near Nashville.
During March and April Crescent Bend celebrates spring with Tuliptime. This is a delightful time to visit, when more than 20,000 tulips are in bloom. During Tuliptime, the home schedules candlelight dinners, high teas, and other special events.
Crescent Bend is closed in January and February.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Tennessee, 5th Edition