PICT0960-2On display at the Coal Creek Miners Museum is the rich history of the miners that lived, worked and died in Coal Creek, Fraterville and Briceville, Tennessee. You will learn how the “free” miners fought against the convict lease system which ultimately ended the system in the southern states.  You will also hear about a community that not only survived one mining disaster but two that killed almost every man in the community and young boys too.   The story of this tenacious community reveals the courageous spirit of our forefathers.  Explore our website to find out more or email info@coalcreekminersmuseum.com if you have any questions.


The Latest News


Museum Seeking Volunteers

The Coal Creek Miners Museum is seeking volunteers for staffing the Museum. Education and training will be given on the unique history and culture of our community. If you are interested in the history of Coal Creek, enjoy working with the public, and can commit to several hours/week, please contact Sandee Sharp Savarese at 865-340-3269, info@coalcreekminersmuseum.com or go to the volunteer sign-up page.


Museum Hires New Part-Time Director

Sandee Sharp Saverese has been hired as the part-time director for the Coal Creek Miners Museum. She has over 15 years of experience with non-profit organizations and a passion for the history of the town. In addition to managing the museum, her focus will be fundraising through grants and events and recruiting volunteers for the museum. To contact Sandee, email info@coalcreekminersmuseum.com.


Video about the Museum

Check out Andy Harness’s video about the Coal Creek Miners Museum. Andy is a graduate of Anderson County High School by way of Lake City Middle School and Briceville Elementary School. He is a recipient of the Coal Creek Scholarship program offered by the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation.


Building Cleanup

The Coal Creek Miners Museum Board of Directors and volunteers and the City of Rocky Top have been working hard to obtain funding for the remodel of the new Coal Creek Miners Museum building. Before the holidays, they applied for an Appalachian Resource Commission grant and applied to two other private foundations for funds. They are still waiting to hear whether or not they will receive any funding.

In the meantime, we are planning a Spring Cleaning at the future home of the Coal Creek Miners Museum. If you would like to help, plan on meeting at future museum (former Bank of American building located next to city hall on at 201 South Main Street) on April 11th at 9 a.m. We will work until around 12 noon.

For more information, call 865-659-2829 or email info@coalcreekminersmuseum.com.


 Building Plans

Coa-CreekMinersMuseumBuidlingPlanET awarded the City of Rocky Top a Community Enhancement Project which included a conceptual design for the Coal Creek Miners Museum. Click here for the results.

Click here for the Ground Floor Conceptual Design

Click here for the Second Floor Conceptual Design

If you are interested in becoming involved with the Coal Mining Museum, please email info@coalcreekminersmuseum.com.