The Mabry-Hazen House is a historic home nestled on a hill just minutes away from downtown Knoxville. Here you will stumble upon a beautifully constructed house that is smothered in Knoxville history. The house is filled with authentic pieces from the families past that will take your breath away.
When I first entered the house, my tour began in the informal parlor. I was told to take a seat on the beautiful, antique, historic couch. If you have ever visited a historic home, then you know how uptight and rigid individuals get about sitting or even touching anything—but not at the Mabry-Hazen house. As I was lounging on the lovely historic couch of the Mabry-Hazen’s, Calvin told me about a workshop last fall where he met a man named Franklin D. Vagnone. Frank is the Historic House Trust's Executive Director. He talked about the idea of letting visitors sit and touch the items in these historic homes and how that gives a much more rewarding experience.
Another way the Mabry-Hazen House is completely unique is the fact that 99% of the items in the home are original. That is just about unheard of; few historic homes can truly say that. About 1 out of 150 have full originals in the home. Something else that Mabry-Hazen House has to be proud about is that the same family lived in the home for 130 years.
Joe Mabry built the home in 1858. Joe Mabry was a man of many trades, he was a business man, he raised horses, he aided with the Knoxville Kentucky railroad program, and he gave the land where Market Square stands today to the city, but he was best known for land speculation. The Mabry-Hazen House was then passed down through the generations.
Now that you know a bit about the foundation of the Mabry-Hazen house and the family, let me lead you through a few of the rooms. As you walk inside and turn to the left, you will see their fancy parlor. My favorite part of this room was the horse hair upholstered furniture.
As you head to the second floor, you will find the children’s room. It was filled with all things that delighted children in the 19th century. My favorite was the small doll bed and green wicker stroller.
Just beside the children’s room is the sitting room. As soon as I stepped foot into the room, I instantly feel in love. I adored how the window set in the middle of the wall. The amount of light it allowed in really gave the area a warm feeling. The room also had a beautifully crafted desk for writing and a pleasing collection of reading material.
Back down the stairs and near the end of the hallway is the bathroom. It was later added on in 1880 and 1890, along with a few other rooms. The item in the bathroom that caught my eye was the claw-foot bathtub. How beautiful!
Throughout the home you will find portraits of the family. I enjoyed this because I was able to put a face with the stories that Calvin was telling me. It made the stories of these individuals truly come to life.
The Mabry-House has strong ties to Knoxville, downtown, UT, and even the Civil War. If you want to spend a bit of time relaxing in a truly historic house, richly filled with authenticity, then stop by Mabry-Hazen house for a one-of-a-kind experience.