UT Holston River Farm

Region: Downtown
3723 Riverside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37915

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The big house on the green hill with the multiple gables isn't as historic as it might look from a distance, but interesting nonetheless. It was established in the early 20th century as the center of a work farm associated with Eastern State Psychiatric Hospital. Mental patients deemed sufficiently recovered to be able to work lived there, in a farming setting. The practice was later discontinued. In 1963, offbeat Mexican director Servando Gonzales filmed part of his film The Fool Killer in a broad field on this property. It starred Tony Perkins, at the height of his fame from Psycho. It's now UT's Ag Research and Education Center.