The Ducktown Basin Museym

What's happening on the hill.

Yes, we're a museum. But we're also a living, breathing part of a modern-day community. And that matters to us, too.

From the Kids' Carnival every spring, to the traditional Hoist House pancake breakfast and other Miners' Homecoming gatherings in July, to the annual Arts & Crafts Festival in the fall, we consider it part of our mission to stay connected with the community around us. Because this was a community built on teamwork and tradition. And we happen to think today's traditions are worth preserving, too.

So check this page often, mark your calendar, and plan to join us for our next community event. And the next one. And the one after that.

We'll see you there.

2017 Miners Homecoming Events

Friday June 30, 2017    4 pm till 7 pm    15th Annual Music, Food and Fellowship in the Hoist House. Gopher Broke Band will be performing, concessions available.

Saturday July 1, 2017    8am till 10am   17th Annual Pancake Breakfast in the Hoist House. Adults $5, Children $3

Saturday July 1, 2017    11am till 1pm    8th Annual Employee Reunion in the Hoist House. All past employees welcome

Saturday July 1, 2017    11am till 1pm    Harriet Frye will be signing her book "Tennessee's Great Copper Basin" in the museum.  Copies will be available for purchase for $22.

Contact the museum office for a complete listing of all area events.


Serving up pancakes at the Hoist House during Miners' Homecoming



The first copper mine in the Ducktown Basin was the Hiwassee Mine, opened in August 1850. The reconstructed mine chimney stands on a hill near the museum, just south of Main Street Ducktown.



January - March
9:30am - 4pm

April - October
10am - 4:30pm

November - December
9:30am - 4pm


Adults: $5
Seniors: $4
Ages 13 to 17: $2
Ages 12 and under: $1