Our last stop of the day was the Mabry-Hazen House in Knoxville. Calvin Chappelle gave us a very informative tour. He is also the executive director of the house. Thank you Calvin.
Joseph Mabry built the house in 1858 on the highest hill in Knoxville with the site being occupied by both sides during the Civil War. Interesting to note that Mabry pledged $100,000 to outfit the Confederates, but in 1864 signed an Oath of Allegiance to the Union. Mabry was a land speculator and president of the Knoxville and Kentucky Railroad. By the 1870's his business ventures mostly failed leaving him heavily in debt. A business deal gone wrong resulted in his being killed along with his son in 1882. Thomas O'Connor,a banker, who fired the first shot was also killed. The story about the gunfight was popularized by Mark Twain in "Life on the Mississippi".His son Will was killed earlier in a bar room brawl.
|Mrs. Mabry's Bedroom|
|Dress Mrs Mabry Wore|
|House in 1800's|
Descendants of Joseph Mabry continued to live in the house until 1987. The home is the only historic house in Knoxville with the original family collections of antiques, furniture and other items. Antiques range from 1700's to early 1900's.