On behalf of the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum, welcome to Athens, Tennessee! "The Friendly City" is not just our slogan, it is a way of life here in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Whether your career, retirement, our weather, or family brought you here, there are a lot of ways to get involved with our community. We would like to extend an invitation for you to visit our Museum for a FREE luncheon, guided tour, and a chance to hear from local leaders and businesses about all that Athens has to offer.

Established in 1982, the Living Heritage Museum, located in the old McMinn County High School building, has three floors and over 12,000 artifacts unique to the rich history of McMinn County.

  • Come learn about Harry T. Burn, the Niota native who cast the deciding vote on the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
  • Come see our Charles R. Ware exhibit, celebrating the native Athens naval aviator who fought in the Battle of Midway, was tragically lost in battle, and who the United States Navy named a ship after in his honor.
  • Come learn about our famous Battle of Athens!
  • Explore our website for more info on exhibits, programs, events, and volunteer opportunities!

Following a guided tour, join us in our Exhibition Hall for light hors d'oeuvres and hear from our Museum Director, County and City Leaders, School System Officials, the Chamber of Commerce, and other county leaders and businesses on what Athens can offer you and your families.

We look forward to meeting you and showcasing the rich history of the county at the Living Heritage Museum - "Where History Comes to Life!"

If you plan to attend this event, please register below. 

McMinn County Living Heritage Museum

522 W Madison Ave, Athens, TN 37303
Feb 24, 2024
11:00 AM EST to 1:00 PM EST
Accepting Online Registration