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Mabry-Hazen House, Knoxville

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The Mabry–Hazen House is a historic home located on an 8-acre (3.2 ha) site at 1711 Dandridge Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee, at the crest of Mabry's Hill. Also known as the Evelyn Hazen House or the Joseph Alexander Mabry Jr. House, when constructed in 1858 for Joseph Alexander Mabry II it was named Pine Hill Cottage. The house was in what was then the separate town of East Knoxville. Stylistically, the house exhibits both Italianate and Greek Revival elements. Additions in 1886 increased the size of the first floor. Having operated as a museum since the death of Evelyn Hazen, the house retains its original furniture and family collections, including antique china and crystal with over 2,000 original artifacts on display making it the largest original family collection within America. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

At the outset of the American Civil War, Joseph Mabry II, a wealthy Knoxville merchant and importer, pledged $100,000.00 to outfit an entire regiment of Confederate soldiers. Because of this assistance to the cause, he was given the honorary title of General in the Confederate army. During the course of the war, both Union and Confederate forces occupied the strategic site of his house adjacent to Fort Hill. Confederate General Felix Zollicoffer set up his headquarters in the house in 1861, but it was Union forces who had the greatest impact when they fortified the grounds as part of their Knoxville defenses after later taking control of Knoxville.

After Mabry's death in 1882, his daughter Alice Evelyn Mabry and her husband Rush Strong Hazen resided in the house. Their youngest daughter, Evelyn Hazen, later occupied the house alone (except for many pet dogs and cats) for many years until her death in 1987. Her will stipulated that the house had either to become a museum or be razed to the ground. The house opened as a museum in 1992.
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  • This historic site is a must see. Besides, learning about the fascinating stories and characters of the three generations of the Marne-Hazen clan, the (relatively new) curator/tour guide had energy...  more »
  • This is a fabulous, interesting, educational tour of the home; you'll learn a lot about the family that lived there, and a bit of the history of Knoxville, too. It is definitely worth your time when....  more »
  • We travel to Tennessee every year and this was our second year visiting the Mabry-Hazen house. My daughter loves to hear the stories and the tour guide is very knowledgeable about the family and the history of Knoxville. We will definitely go back next year and I am sure we will learn something new.
  • Beautiful historic house full of amazing Knoxville and Tennessee heritage.

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