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Frances Hodgson Burnett Home Site

1869

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 10, 2019
1. Frances Hodgson Burnett Home Site Marker
Inscription.  Near this spot in 1869 was the early Knoxville home of Frances Hodgson Burnett, the English-born author of The Secret Garden, Sarah Crewe, and Little Lord Fauntleroy, who moved to Knoxville with her family when she was 15. When Frances was 20, her widowed mother died here, leaving her children alone in the riverside house where they established an informal community of musicians and artists they called “Vagabondia Castle.”

Her son Vivian later described it: “A rather roomy but dilapidated house with a backyard running down to the Tennessee River.” As “Vagabondia Castle, it became the very center of an enthusiastic group of youngsters who were glad to think of themselves as Bohemians…” Burnett’s first novel, “Vagabondia,” drew its spiritual setting from her experiences here, some of Burnett’s later stories featured East Tennessee settings.
 
Location. 35° 57.569′ N, 83° 54.913′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker can be reached from Neyland Drive (Tennessee Route 158)
Frances Hodgson Burnett Home Site Marker<br>(<i>wide view • Tennessee River in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 10, 2019
2. Frances Hodgson Burnett Home Site Marker
(wide view • Tennessee River in background)
0.1 miles east of Walnut Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located along the Neyland Greenway walk, below the Gay Street Bridge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Neyland Drive, Knoxville TN 37902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Roy Acuff & Hank Williams (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Andrew Johnson Office Plaza (about 600 feet away); Signing of the Treaty of Holston (about 700 feet away); Commemorating the Treaty of Holston (about 700 feet away); Blount Mansion (about 700 feet away); Knoxville (about 700 feet away); Captain Charles T. McMillan II (about 800 feet away); Chisolm's Tavern (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Frances Hodgson Burnett
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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