Students visit for Sequicentennial Commemorations

On Friday, May 1st, 2015, approximately 250 school children visited the Mabry-Hazen House and Bethel Confederate Cemetery. The field trips were organized with the help of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, who worked with local organizations to educate local children about the importance of the Civil War in Knoxville and East Tennessee. In total, 1,100 school children visited various locations in the City including Fort Dickerson, Fort Higley, McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, East Tennessee Historical Society, Ramsey House, and Blount Mansion.

Students visiting Mabry-Hazen House learned how the historic site was first occupied by soldiers under the command of Confederate General Felix Zollicoffer, but that by 1863 it would be in control of Quartermaster Samuel Lunt under the overall command of Union General Ambrose Burnside. Living Historians on site also talked about the various uniforms and weapons that the soldiers would have used.

After rotations at the Mabry-Hazen House, students visited Bethel Cemetery where they learned about the role of the Knoxville Ladies' Memorial Association and the Winstead family who acted as caretakers for the cemetery. Living Historians also informed students on the history of the 1st United States Colored Heavy Artillery who were organized in Knoxville in 1864. Thirty-four of these African American Union soldiers are buried next door in the Potters Field and Odd Fellows cemeteries.

The Hazen Historical Museum Foundation offers school tours of the Mabry-Hazen House and Bethel Cemetery year round. Please contact the museum for additional details.
Phone: 865-522-8661 or email: mabryhazenhouse@gmail.com.