Help Mabry-Hazen museum by partying!

Betsy PickleEast Knox, Our Town Stories

Whether you like to party like it’s 1858, 1992 or 2022, you’re in luck. The Mabry-Hazen House Museum is getting into party mode, and Knoxville is invited.

The historic house, 1711 Dandridge Ave., was built in 1858 for Joseph Alexander Mabry II, but the museum opened to the public in 1992. Mabry-Hazen is hosting an evening garden party to celebrate its 30th anniversary 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16.

Views of sunset over Sharp’s Ridge, signature cocktails from Knox Whiskey Works, heavy hors d’oeuvres from Sister South Fine Foods and dancing on the lawn while the Old City Buskers play in the gazebo are all awaiting guests who enjoy having a good time while supporting one of Knoxville’s historic treasures. Museum friends, board members and staff invite the public to come help them celebrate. Attire is dressy casual.

The event’s goal is to raise funds to restore the home museum’s interior, including new wallpaper, paint and plaster repairs. There is also a silent auction, already online. The online phase of the auction concludes at 4:30 p.m. Friday. The auction resumes live at 6 p.m. at the Mabry-Hazen Garden Party and wraps up at 8 p.m.

Three generations of one family lived in the home, including Evelyn Hazen, who infamously sued her fiancé of 15 years for breach of promise, which caused quite a hullabaloo in the 1920s. Self-guided house tours will be available throughout the evening.

Tickets are $30 and may be purchased through Eventbrite.

Mabry-Hazen House members can receive one free ticket to the event. To become a member, visit the Donations and Membership page.

The event will take place rain or shine.

Libations will also include local wine, virgin cocktails and infused water. Alcoholic beverages are for ages 21 and up only.

The museum foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, and all donations are tax deductible.

Betsy Pickle is a freelance writer and editor who enjoys spotlighting East Knoxville.

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