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

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

The Coal Creek Miners Museum will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 6 p.m at Main Street Baptist Church located at 215 Fourth Street, Rocky Top.  There will be live entertainment and an auction.  The  dinner is $5 per person.


Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

The Coal Creek Miners Museum will celebrate 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 will be a ribbon cutting with the Rocky Top Chamber of Commerce at 2:30 p.m. Charles Winfrey, board member and resident historian, will be on hand to offer commentary on the displays and artifacts and live music will be performed that was specifically written about Coal Creek and the events depicted at the museum. Click here for more information and press release.

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 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

 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