Confederate Memorial Hall, originally named Bleak House, has a rich and interesting past. This is a brief history of this warm and wonderful mansion...



Bleak House in 1858



Bleak House now


Drawing in Tower: “Men that were shot up here”



Homemade blockade anchor and chain – 1863

Read more about the anchor and the Battle of Knoxville at these links:

Anchor - Part1*

Anchor - Part 2*

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A sad story

Historical marker on front lawn

 its owners and visitors were

Bleak House, an antebellum mansion of fifteen spacious rooms and wide halls, stands well back on an eminence among lovely trees and elaborately landscaped grounds. The property fronts 250 feet on Kinston Pike and extends over 900 feet in terraced gardens down to Fort Loudon Lake (Tennessee River).