The Ducktown Basin Museym

A visit to the museum.

In another life, it was the headquarters for the mining operations of Tennessee Copper Company and its successor, Cities Service Company.

Today, the old mine office building at Burra Burra is filled with the artifacts and memories of those mining operations. You'll probably want to start with the short audiovisual presentation, just to get a historical overview. Then, either with a museum guide or on your own, it's time to go exploring.

You may already have started, in fact: in the area bordering the parking lot, where the museum's larger artifacts are on display and where the collapsed and flooded portion of the Burra Burra mine works are still visible from the overlook. But that really is just the beginning.

Inside, artifacts, exhibits and photos will transport you back to a time when the copper beneath these hills was known only to the native Cherokee tribes. From there, you'll move on to discover more about the area's now-legendary mining and sulfuric acid industries, the thriving communities that grew up around them, and the human beings who made it all happen.

To schedule a group tour, call us any time during normal business hours. If your group has a particular interest (geology, for instance, or a visit geared to a younger school group), just let us know.

For a charge of $10 per person, the museum offers a mineral collecting area that is open and accessible during normal hours of operation. It consist of three dump-truck loads of ore, not tails, that were moved on site from the ore bins at nearby Central Shaft. The ore piles are located in a gated area behind the Museum Shop Building. The museum does not supply any tools or supplies for collecting; visitors are responsible for bringing their own gear.

We hope to see you soon.

Snapshots


C
opper hauler George Barnes, whose fiddle (played to keep his mules happy on the journey, according to local legend) is now on exhibit at the museum.

 

Tidbits

Before the coming of the railroad in 1890, the refined copper from the Ducktown Basin mines was hauled to Cleveland, Tennessee in mule-drawn wagons. It was a two-day trip each way along the Old Copper Road, which bordered the Ocoee River.

Menu:

Hours

January - March
Tuesday-Saturday
9:30am - 4pm

April - October
Monday-Saturday
10am - 4:30pm

November - December
Monday-Saturday
9:30am - 4pm
 

Admission

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