The Mabry-Hazen House Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of Knoxville’s Historic Homes, but one that has an unusual personal story. Built in 1858 on the top of Mabry’s Hill, this Italianate-style home overlooks the city where three generations of the same family resided.
Furnished and decorated in the style of several decades, Mabry-Hazen gives a rare view into 130 years of Knoxville history and showcases one of the largest original family collections in the nation.
Mabry-Hazen’s stories intersect with the origins of Knoxville’s Market Square (conceived by business speculators Joseph Mabry II and William Swan and the city), divisions during the Civil War when the house hosted both Union and Confederate Officers at different times, plus the infamous three-way fatal gunfight on Gay Street in 1882, immortalized in Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi.
The 1934 “breach of promise” scandal surrounding Miss Evelyn Hazen offers an unusual glimpse into the many lives lived here at Mabry-Hazen House.
Open for tours during the year (March-December), this privately owned museum also includes Bethel Confederate Cemetery down the hill as part of the experience (though the cemetery is open limited hours. Please check ahead.) A regular series of creative and interesting special events are also held throughout the year.
Located at 1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915. Admission Charge.
Visit Mabry-Hazen House’s official website to learn more about this fascinating historical treasure.
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