Located in the heart of historic downtown Stearns, KY the McCreary County Museum is housed in the old Stearns Coal and Lumber Company Corporate headquarters that was built in 1907. The Museum was founded in 1988 and we invite everyone to visit and explore our unique history.Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Stearns using our trip planner.
The Museum is filled with historic documents, objects, and photographs pertaining to McCreary County and the Stearns Coal & Lumber Company. In addition to these exciting exhibits we have tried to show the culture and lifestyle of McCreary Countians over the years with social exhibits that include a sporting exhibit and musical exhibit. Our Museum overlooks the town of Stearns which features the Big South Fork Scenic Railway and local craft and gift shops.
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McCreary County Museum reviews
We rode the train to Barthell Coal Camp and then came here. The museum touched on many of the things we learned from the mine tour and added more depth to our learning experience. more »
Local history of a company town, the Stearns family owners, and the workers. What I found most interesting was copies of pay checks, there was one for $0.00 and one for $ 0.04. That made me think... more »
Stopped in here after riding the train. What a neat place. Really shows the history the Stearns. The displays are interesting and full of great facts. I would highly recommend if in the area more »
Interesting snapshot of early 20th Century America in the form of an old mining company town
Really great historical site.
It was a good look at the history of the Stearns Coal Mine and the surrounding area.
The McCreary County Museum is a small museum based in an old lumber and coal mining office. Lots of items of local interest, including a small display of Cornblossom, a local legend. It's not the Smithsonian, but for a small intrance fee it is worth stopping in if you are in the area.
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