coal minersOn 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 if you have any questions.

The Latest News

The Museum Gift Shop has Christmas Items for Sale

The Coal Creek Miners Museum has coal themed Christmas items for sale which are ideal gifts if you are looking for something unique to give this Christmas.  We have small handmade sculptures made out of coal and Rock Top and Coal Miners t-shirts or stop in and check out the handmade coal themed ornaments that will make your Christmas tree unique.  All proceeds support the museum and our operating expenses.

Museum to Host Miners Reunion

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!! The Coal Creek Miners Museum will be hosting a Coal Miners Reunion on April 29th from 3 to 6 p.m. at Lake City Middle School to honor the miners that worked in the 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 chili and soups, live music, door prizes, t-shirts for sale and a program to honor the hard working men and women who mined coal.  For more information, call 865-340-3269 or email info@coalcreekminersmuseum.comClick here to purchase tickets online or to purchase tickets in person visit the museum or call 865-340-3269.

In addition, the museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 29th and local historians will be on hand to answer any questions.

There will also be guided tours 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 the remodel of the second floor and installation of an elevator to access the second floor of the Coal Creek Miners Museum’s building.

Museum Receives ARC Grant for Renovation

The Coal Creek Miners Museum received a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission for $75,000 to conduct the remodel of the second floor and install an elevator at the museum.  This renovation will allow the museum to double the exhibit space.

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

The Coal Creek Miners Museum celebrated their Grand Opening on March 11, 2016 from 2 to 5 p.m. at their new museum building located at 201 South Main Street, Rocky Top, TN. There was a ribbon cutting with the Rocky Top Chamber of Commerce at 2:30 p.m. Charles Winfrey, board member and resident historian, was on hand to offer commentary on the displays and artifacts and live music was performed that was specifically written about Coal Creek and the events depicted at the museum.

The Coal Creek Miners Museum tells the story of the Convict Lease System, the Fraterville Mine Disaster and the Cross Mountain Mine Disaster.  Below are two videos by WVLT TV  that give a brief description of two of the three events.

Click here to see WVLT’s video on the Convict Lease System

Click here to see WVLT’s video on the Fraterville Mine Explosion

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, 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

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 Plans

PlanET 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