The Mabry-Hazen House

Evelyn Hazen Knoxville, TN

I haven’t been able to travel lately, so I decided to tell the story from Knoxville, TN. It is the story of Evelyn Hazen, a local woman who sued for breach of promise to marry and seduction in the 1930s.

In Knoxville, we have a local tourist attraction, the Mabry-Hazen House. Once the home of Miss Evelyn Hazen, a woman who was seduced, lied to, used, and set aside. Instead of going quietly away, Evelyn decided to file suit against Ralph Scharringhaus. Even though she knew she would lose her reputation and many friends, she stood up for herself.

The Mabry-Hazen House in early fall.
The Mabry-Hazen House is located on Mabry Hill in Knoxville, TN.
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