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Dedication of Historical Markers

Posted on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:34 am

The town of Coalmont is thrilled to announce the dedication and unveiling ceremony of two state historical markers on Saturday, October 3, 2020. The first dedication will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the Coalmont United Methodist Church (corner of Hwy 56 and Heidenburg Street). Please plan to arrive early if you want to see inside the church.

Dedication of the second marker will take place at 11:00 a.m. just up the road at the historical Creighton’s Store (now Sam’s Corner on Hwy 56). Complimentary refreshments will be served immediately following the unveiling. These are the “first-ever” state historical markers to be placed in the town of Coalmont, and each commemorates special sites that have had enormous impact and significance in the community and beyond.

The Methodist Episcopal Church, as it was known at that time, was established in August of 1916 when one acre of land was purchased from (or donated by) the Sewanee Fuel & Iron Company for the paltry sum of one dollar. Construction began as soon as the land was acquired and the new church was dedicated in the spring of 1917 with an estimated 150 to 200 people in attendance. After 104 years, people are proud to still be worshiping at Coalmont’s oldest church, some of whom are descendents of the original church founders.

Established in the early 1900’s, Creighton & Sons General Store was owned and operated by three generations. It was a Sears building delivered to Coalmont on the “Mountain Goat” train and assembled on site. The doors of Creighton’s Grocery were closed in 2012 when its last storekeeper, Sam Creighton, passed away. No tobacco or alcohol products were ever sold at Creighton’s and they were never open for business on Sunday. The lives of many mountain people, sitting around a pot-bellied stove, were celebrated and enriched for almost a century at this Coalmont icon.

Mark your calendar and be a part of history-making by attending this very special dedication and unveiling ceremony of Coalmont’s first two state historical markers. Social distancing and masks are requested and limited seating will be available at both locations.