Garden party set for Mabry-Hazen House

Patrick HollisOur Town Outdoors

Join Mabry-Hazen House for Dusk in the Dogwoods, the new annual fundraiser and spring season celebration, on Thursday, April 11, from 6-9 p.m. The museum invites everyone to join friends, board members and museum staff to celebrate over three decades of historic preservation and education.

The event is a swingin’ 1920s garden party and will feature:

  • An open bar with signature cocktails, local beer and wine
  • A silent auction filled with items and experiences from local small businesses, producers, makers and more
  • Costume contests for the best flapper, mobster and silent film star outfits
  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres
  • Dancing tutorials for swing and other 1920s dance styles
  • Live music from the Old City Buskers
  • Historic house museum tours

A stop on the Dogwood Trail, Mabry-Hazen House conserves over 80 dogwood trees, and their showy flowers will be in full bloom. The site is also a level 1 arboretum, conserving over 30 species of trees, including ancient southern magnolias, oaks, maples and eye-catching Carolina silverbells. So, kick your heels up, knock your drinks down and come party like it’s 1924.

This event celebrates Mabry-Hazen House and raises money to support several capital improvement projects and the continuing preservation of this important historic site. We are dedicated to raising $15,000 to undertake the restoration of:

  • The original kitchen, slave quarters and the butler’s pantry and office. We seek to interpret and exhibit the spaces inhabited by enslaved or domestic servants of the Mabry and Hazen families.
  • The plaster of the historic house interior walls. Over the years, the house has settled and shifted, and the walls need attention from a plaster specialist.

More information and tickets may be found at

Patrick Hollis is executive director of the Mabry-Hazen House


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