The Museum offers a unique collection of over 10,000 artifacts; with 30 permanent displays and at least 4 rotating displays throughout the year.  Each exhibit displays a storyline that traces from the mid-1700s to the 1940s. The Museum also offers special events and educational programs (Heritage School) throughout the year.

The vision is to continue to collect, preserve, and protect the rich heritage of McMinn County and Southeast Tennessee and be an educational resource to the public.

Heritage School: Educational, historical and entertaining programs that provide traditional demonstrations that bring the history and cultural heritage of the museum and the southeast region to life. The programs are normally offered on Saturdays and are sponsored by the C. Scott and Muriel Mayfield Family Foundation.

Our Mission

The Mission of the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum is to steward the distinct history and heritage of McMinn County and the Southeast Region. This mission is met by collecting, preserving, presenting, and interpreting artifacts, artwork, and other items representative of our community’s culture, both past and present. Meeting this mission offers education and enrichment programs for the public and visitors of all ages, races, and ethnicities.

“Where History Comes To Life”

   About Us

  • Established in 1982
  • Founded by Muriel Mayfield & Mintie Willson
  • Originally housed at Tennessee Wesleyan College (Old College)
  • Moved to current location in 1989; formerly McMinn County High School
  • Community room (Guild Room) available for events, meetings, weddings etc.
  • Guild Room holds approx 120 people seated banquet style (call to reserve)
  • Museum Guild hosts 2 major fundraisers each year
    • Trash & Treasure Sale (April - May) and Holiday House (November)
  • Quilt Guild hosts an Annual Quilt Show in October of each year
  • Heritage School Programs held on Saturdays throughout the year