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Address: 212 Burra Burra Street, Ducktown, TN 37326
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+1 423-496-5778
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Ducktown Basin Museum is located on the historic mine site, which was...

The Ducktown Basin Museum is located on the historic mine site, which was the headquarters for Tennessee Copper Company and Cities Service mining operations from 1899 through 1975. An audiovisual presentation provides a brief historical introduction to the museum and its collection, which includes artifacts, photographs and displays depicting the industrial and cultural heritage of this former mining community. Larger artifacts are displayed on the grounds just outside the museum office.

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What an Eye-opening trip

So interesting and the two people there are so knowledgeable. Had no idea about this place, and was recommended by a local, and was truly worth it . Tucked away in Ducktown, just... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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47 reviews
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

So interesting and the two people there are so knowledgeable. Had no idea about this place, and was recommended by a local, and was truly worth it . Tucked away in Ducktown, just a few miles from Blue Ridge, and away from all the touristy stuff where one can really learn about the copper years and it's effect on us... More 

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Roselle, New Jersey
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3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 December 2016

The two member staff of the Ducktown Basin Museum - Ken and Dawna - were two of the most friendly people I have ever met. They love their job and are eager to share the history of their town and the Ducktown copper mine. It was a slow day so Dawna took us around the entire museum and gave us... More 

Thank NYLiberty2012
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Fascinating that residents preferred the denuded and eroded landscape. Landscape restoration brought allergies and bugs and animals, such as snakes.

Thank Anne P
Ducktown, Tennessee
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I would encourage everyone if in the area or to make preparation to visit the Ducktown Museum, it is very interesting to research and learn how copper was mined in Copperhill, Tennessee. Your may, want to search and find out if maybe you might have a relative or know someone you may know has worked in the mines. The video... More 

Thank MaryAnneRose
Miami, Florida
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40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

What a beautiful little town! The views from the hill where the basin museum is located (sadly it was closed at the moment we got there) are incredible. If you ever pas by ducktown, please stop and enjoy it.

Thank Daniela V
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Small museum but very interesting. Very knowledgeable staff who were born and raised there. Very informative!

1 Thank KarenJ2928
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

The Ducktown Basin Museum is listed as an hour tour. We were there for a couple of hours. Dawna and Ken are very knowledgeable about the area. Dawna grew up in a local Mining community. It is a delight to listen to her tales of life in the community. The Company store and Company Housing (Housing was $5 a week... More 

1 Thank rubyredvette
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

First thought was not going to be good. Did they changed my mind. Very good museum and great information on the area. A lot of history and pictures. Small but really good for the price. The staff are great, knowledgeable, locals and friendly. Come learn about the area.

1 Thank James M
Draper, Virginia
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016

This little museum has an amazing story to tell. The local docents will tell you all about the area and how it went from being a "red desert" created by the mining industry to a beautiful place. There's not a lot to do in Ducktown, but this place is a must-see if you enjoy history.

1 Thank emptynester40
Oak Forest, Illinois
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

small little place…. nice but not worth a special trip to Ducktown. Go there as a side little trip and you will like the museum...

1 Thank drjoe20152015

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