Alcoa, Tennessee: Millennium Manor

Built to survive "Armageddon and a thousand years beyond." William and Emma Fair Nicholson built their indestructible home in 1938-45, when they were in their sixties.

Millennium Manor

500 N. Wright Rd, Alcoa, TN
Drive south on I-140/Pellissippi Pkwy until the road ends at exit 14. Turn right onto TN-33. Drive a half-mile. Turn right at the third stoplight onto McArthur Rd. Drive one mile. Turn left onto N. Wright Rd. Drive a half-mile. You'll see Millennium Manor on the left; turn left just past it onto Harding St. Park in the church lot on the right.
Open house Memorial Day weekend. Otherwise email for an appt.
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Millennium Manor.

Millennium Manor

Heard eerie music playing inside Millennium Manor while we were there. Very cool, hidden gem.

[Kristie Lee, 02/20/2019]

Millennium Manor.

Millennium Manor

Worth seeing. But now it seems it's only open to the public on one day during the year - Memorial Day. However, you can walk all around the property and take photographs.

[Tony Lehrman, 07/08/2012]

Millennium Manor Cannon.

Millennium Manor

Castle fortress - new and improved! Now with artillery!

[Fontaine, 08/03/2009]
Millennium Manor

My wife and I visited Millennium Manor on Sept. 25, 2004. At first it seemed we were going to have to view the house from the street, but to our surprise the owner, Dean Fontaine, showed up. He was in a hurry to take his son to Chattanooga, but told us feel free to look around the property. He filled us in on a little information on the house, and gave us a flyer describing the house's creation and history. The house was to be condemned and tore down, but Mr. Fontaine bought it, and took on the challenge of restoring it.

[Gary D. Hare, 12/08/2004]

Millennium Manor.

Millennium Manor

This fortress of a home is being restored by Knoxville City fireman Dean Fontaine, who also lives in the Manor. He acquired it after it sat vacant and abused for 25 years. The structure is unique and nearly impregnable -- the roof alone weighs over 400 tons. It's another example of dementia concretia, but an impressive one. Mr. Fontaine is amiable and hospitable; he's accompanied in his restoration work by Millie, the Manor's cat (who's also amiable). He's trying to get the home on the National Historic Register, but Federal red tape is slowing the process. Go see it, and donate to the restoration effort!

[Charles Weaver, 10/17/2004]

Millennium Manor, constructed to weather "Armageddon and a thousand years beyond," was the brainchild of William Andrew Nicholson, who began to build it in 1938 when he was 61. He lived in it with his wife, Fair, and died in 1965. In 1995, Millennium Manor was purchased at an auction for $3,900 by Fontaine, who is now restoring the home.

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