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Ducktown Basin Museum and Burra Burra Mine Site

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E. Patrick McIntyre, Jr., Executive Director
2941 Lebanon Road
Nashville, TN 37243-0442
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615.532.1550 or Email Us

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212 Burra Burra Hill
(off Tennessee Highway 68)
Ducktown, TN 37236
(423) 496-5778

Seasons Open: Year round

Hours Open:
April - October: Monday through Saturday, 10am to 4:30pm
November - December: Monday through Saturday, 9:30am to 4pm
January - March: Tuesday through Saturday 9:30am to 4pm

Closed on Sunday

Fees: $4 - Adults, $3 - Seniors, $1 - ages 13 to 17, $.50 - ages 12 and under

The Ducktown Basin Museum is located on the Burra Burra Mine site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site consists of 10 buildings on 17 acres and was the headquarters for Tennessee Copper Company's mine operations from 1899 to 1975. The museum's mission is to preserve and interpret the cultural and industrial heritage of this copper-mining region of southern Appalachia. This is accomplished using a DVD presentation that provides an overview, along with artifacts, photographs and displays. Major themes examined include the technology and methods of mining, smelting and the associated chemical industry; the impact on the environment and subsequent reclamation efforts; and the social life in company towns. Tours of the grounds are available by appointment.

ADA Accessibility Notes
Limited because of the historic nature of the structure

Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are allowed on the grounds but not inside the museum.

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