Coal Creek Scholars act as tour guides at
historic Coal Creek sites

Saturday, 6 May 2006

The two-hour tours had to be extended to three-hours to accommodate over 100 people who took advantage of free tours offered at two of the historic sites in Coal Creek on Saturday, May 6th.  The Coal Creek Watershed Foundation sponsored the tours at the Fraterville Mine site and Militia Hill.  The tours were offered as part of Lake City’s Coal Creek Miners’ Festival being held that day.  

Jennie, Jacob & Cassie Phillips dressed like the miners and Tennessee Militia might have appeared during the Coal Creek War

Scholars gather at Militia Hill
for tour practice and history lessons

Tours were held at the site of the Fraterville Mine Disaster of 1902 (where 216 miners were killed) and the Militia Hill site (made famous as the site of Fort Anderson during the Coal Creek War of 1891—1892).   Anderson County High School students participating in the Coal Creek Scholars program researched the history of the sites and acted as tour guides.  These sites are located on private property and this was a rare opportunity for the public to see where these historic events took place. 

Scholars visited the sites for history lessons from Barry Thacker, PE before the tour date:

Militia Hill tour:

Fraterville mine site tour:

Scholars April Golden and April Byrge (seated middle) discuss the history of Fraterville with a few of the visitors

Scholar Phillip Smith gestures towards the remnant of the structure that once was part of the steam engine at Fraterville

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