I’ve lived on this mountain
my entire life and never
knew the Coal Creek War
was fought here!


13 November 2010


See photos below!

Read more about the tourism possibilities
at http://www.coalcreekaml.com/Tourism.htm    

So said one of the visitors who stopped to watch historical markers being installed at the former site of Fort Anderson on Militia Hill in the Coal Creek Watershed.

On Saturday, November 13, 2010, Coal Creek scholars from Anderson County High School installed markers for “Militia Hill”, “Convict Lease System”, “Coal Creek War”, and “Why Miners Fought”.  You can read the markers by clicking on the thumbnails below or you can follow the map at http://www.coalcreekaml.com/MilitiaHillMarkers.htm and read them where that history was made. 

Special thanks to Mark Morgan, Leroy Carden, Mark Mowery and Charlie Smith from Norris Dam State Park who augered the postholes for us.  Students from Briceville School planted American chestnuts here last spring and we knew that digging in the rocky ground would be difficult.  They cut several hours off our schedule.  Talk about saving a lot of manual labor for us!!

More details about the history of the site can be found at http://www.coalcreekaml.com/Legacy.htm.

This project is possible because Ms. Nancy Montgomery donated the land where Fort Anderson sat to CCWF and the Coal Creek Company participated in a land swap so we could build the parking area where the historical markers reside.      


Sarah Byrge
Megan Dugger
Kyle Leinart
Carol Moore
Barry Thacker
John Thurman
Ryan Vandergriff
Tyler Vandergriff

And don't forget the boys from Norris Dam State Park who augered the holes for us!
Mark Morgan,
Leroy Carden, Mark Mowery and Charlie Smith

The beautiful markers were produced by the southwell company, www.southwellco.com .  Thanks to Toni Noto and their staff for the great service we received!

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