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

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