Mabry-Hazen House to host ‘Lineage & Legacy’ event

Kelly NorrellNortheast Knox

The historic Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Ave, will host its fourth annual Lineage & Legacy celebration this Sunday, Oct. 1, from 2-4 p.m

The event will include a one-act play performed by the Tennessee Stage Company, tours of the 1858 vintage house, and participation by descendants and friends of this prominent early Knoxville family. The event will also serve as a membership drive and annual meeting of the membership.

A special feature this year will be performance of “Evelyn & Evelyn,” a one-act play written by Douglas McDaniel. The play focuses on Evelyn Hazen, the last descendant who lived in the home. Born in 1899, she won a breach of promise lawsuit in 1934 against her former finance, giving her the last word in an ill-fated love affair that lasted throughout the 1920s. The play imagines an interchange between the young Evelyn and herself as an older woman.

Hazen became one of Knoxville’s earliest preservationists during the 1960s, when she vehemently opposed urban renewal. When she died in 1987, her will dictated the home and family collection be established as a museum. Every year the museum invites family descendants, supporting members and the general public to Mabry’s Hill to commemorate this family of business and civic leaders.

Tickets to “Lineage and Legacy” cost $10 and are available at Info: 865-522-8661 or Patrick Hollis at [email protected]


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