Battle of Athens

The Battle of Athens is the most historically significant event in the history of McMinn County. On August 1, 1946, returning veterans of World War II, frustrated with the political voting system, surrounded the McMinn County Jail, fired on the Sheriff and his deputies, and by the next morning had taken over the county’s government. This event led to the creation of a new form of local county government that was adopted throughout many southern states.
If you are interested in learning more, visit the Museum to explore the exhibit where many artifacts from the Battle are housed. Campaign posters, newspapers, and photographs trace the timeline of events on Election Day 1946. This exhibit is accompanied by a digital slideshow of additional pictures from the event and the days that followed.