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Confederate Memorial Hall (Bleak House)

3148 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919, USA

Bleak House is a Victorian mansion built in 1858 by prominent Knoxvillian, Robert H. Armstrong, using slave labor to mold the bricks on site. During the siege of Knoxville and the Battle of Fort Sanders in November and December 1863, the home served as headquarters for Confederate Gens. James Longstreet and Lafayette McLaws. Three soldiers using the house's tower as a sharpshooters post were killed there by Federal cannon fire. A comrade sketched their likenesses on the wall of the tower. Two cannonballs are still embedded in the walls. Artillery was also set up on the lawn to fire on the Federals.


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From West: Take 1-40 East. Exit 383 (Papermill Drive). The exit will curve right, continue straight off of the exit through the red light at Papermill onto Northshore Drive. Turn left onto Kingston Pike. Travel about 2.5 miles. After going through the Cherokee Boulevard traffic light and passing the caution light, the Bleak House is located on the right side of the road just past Calvary Baptist Church.

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms, gift shop, museum, tours.

Regular Events

April: extended hours and gardens open during Knoxville Dogwood Arts Festival; December: Christmas open house.

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Admission Fee

Adults $10.00, children (7-11) $6, students $6, seniors $8. Group rates (10+) available.


Tours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M.; other times -- including the week of Christmas as well as the months of January and February -- are available by appointment only.



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