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History of coal Creek Mines

The Housing Hour October 23, 2019


Special Guest

Historian Charles Winfrey

of Coal Creek Miners Museum joins The Housing Hour this week to give an overview of the rich history of Coal Creek, Tennessee now present-day Rocky Top. Charles expertly unwraps the story of the Coal Creek War and the horrific mining accident that took over 200 lives.

Topics Include:

Coal Creek Miners Museum

Coal Creek War

Convict Leasing Program

Fraterville Mine disaster

Coal Miners Celebration

November 2, 2019 | 5 to 6:30 p.m.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!! The Coal Creek Miners Museum will be hosting a Coal Miners Celebration on November 2, 2019, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church located at 214 4th Street in Rocky Top, to honor the miners that worked in East Tennessee, South East Kentucky and South West Virginia coal mines. This event is not just for the miners but also for the communities that grew because of coal. There will be a chili and soup dinner, live music, scrip vendors, a dessert and Gift Basket silent auction, door prizes including $100 cash prizes, t-shirts for sale and a program to honor the hard-working men and women who mined coal.  The cost is $8 and all proceeds will go to the museum, which is a non-profit 501c3 organization.  For more information, call 865-340-3269 or email  Tickets will be available at the door.

In addition, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 2nd and local historians will be on hand to answer any questions.

There will also be an hour-long guided tours on November 2nd  from 12 noon to 3 p.m. to the historical sites in Coal Creek including stops at Militia Hill where the militia was stationed during the Coal Creek War, Briceville Community Church and Leach Cemetery where Fraterville Miners’ Circle is located.  The guided tours of the historical sites and admission to the museum are free but you will need to make a reservation for the tour by calling 865-340-3269.   

All proceeds from this event will go to fund Coal Creek Miners Museum, a non-profit 501c3 organization.

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