ABOUT US

Since 1989, the Hazen Historical Museum Foundation has worked to preserve Mabry-Hazen House and Bethel Cemetery for the benefit of the community. Mabry-Hazen House is Knoxville's only historic house museum with the original family collection, and the Bethel Cemetery is the final resting place for over 1,600 Confederate soldiers. The history we tell is colorful, captivating, and unique to our area.

Our Mission

The mission of the Hazen Historical Museum Foundation is to preserve the historic fabric of Mabry’s Hill and Bethel Cemetery, and to educate the public about the rich history of the Mabry, Hazen, and Winstead families whose lives left lasting impressions on Knoxville, Tennessee.


2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Bo Connor - President
  • Arin Streeter - Vice President
  • Karen Peterman - Secretary
  • Teresa Mabry Reed - Treasurer
  • Jim Cortese
  • Edwin Lay
  • David Nix
  • Bob Whetsel

Staff

  • Calvin Chappelle - Executive Director

CARETAKERS

  • Barry Gregory - Mabry's Hill Resident Caretaker
  • Andrew & Whitney Petelka - Bethel Cemetery Resident Caretakers

What We've Achieved

  • Restoration of the Winstead Cottage at Bethel (Confederate) Cemetery.
  • Preservation of 1.3 acres of Mabry's Hill.
  • Window restoration for the Winstead Cottage and Mabry-Hazen House.
  • Reinstated the caretaker position at Bethel (Confederate) Cemetery.
  • Mabry-Hazen House and Winstead Cottage & Bethel Cemetery listed on National Register for Historic Places.
  • Exterior restoration of Mabry-Hazen House and grounds improvements. 
  • Installation of a new accessibility ramp.
  • Partnership with the Historic Homes of Knoxville and other non-profits.
  • Educational outreach and community development.
In this donation, Swan and Mabry were hardly philanthropists. The two gave the city just the central acre of their recent eleven-acre purchase. They reckoned, correctly, that the other ten acres would gain in value due to their proximity to a successful city-built market house.
— Jack Neely, Market Square; A History of the Most Democratic Place on Earth