McCreary County Museum

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McCreary County Museum
Stearns Coal Company Offices.jpg
The McCreary County Museum in the early 2000's
McCreary County Museum is located in Kentucky
McCreary County Museum
McCreary County Museum is located in the United States
McCreary County Museum
Location1 Henderson Street, Stearns, Kentucky
Coordinates36°41′57″N 84°28′37″W / 36.69912°N 84.47688°W / 36.69912; -84.47688
Built1903 (1903)
WebsiteMcCreary County Museum [1]
NRHP reference #88002528[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 16, 1988

Constructed in 1907, the McCreary County Museum is housed in the former Stearns Coal and Lumber Company corporate headquarters in Stearns, Kentucky. The building served as the company's office headquarters in the Southern United States, and maintains the company president's office as an exhibit. The town where the museum is located was called the Stearns Empire of the South, and the museum continues to preserve and display the area's history from the Indian and pioneer times into the town's peak at the height of the coal and lumber industry boom.[2] The exhibits include significant coverage of Appalachian life in McCreary County, including an exhibit on moonshine.[3]

The museum uses the first floor of the 16,000 square foot building to display artifacts, including historic documents, objects, and photographs pertaining to McCreary County and the Stearns Coal & Lumber Company. A permanent exhibit honoring the life of Wilburn K. Ross displays the Medal of Honor winner's uniform and photographs. The second floor and third floors are closed to the public.

The museum is adjacent to the depot of the Big South Fork Scenic Railway, a heritage railroad, on tracks that were used by the Kentucky & Tennessee Railway, along the Southern Railway.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Getaway: Re-created Camp Mines History". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 2003-04-16. Retrieved 2008-04-03.
  3. ^ Eve Carr (2006-07-15). "Ten Treasures of Eastern Kentucky". The Free Lance-Star. Archived from the original on 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2008-04-03.

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