From trains and coal mining controversies to local art and oral folk tales, Monterey Depot Museum is the place to be for all things Upper Cumberland! In today’s blog, we’re going to give just a taste of this incredible historical treasure!

Are you familiar with the notorious Wilder-Davidson coal mine strike? No?

What about the classic ghost story of Crazy George’s bridge? You’re kidding!? (Psst..
we’re not linking this one because you need to hear it told in person.)

Don’t worry if neither tale rings a bell, Monterey Depot Museum has you covered.

Artifacts on Display

With more than 10,000 items on display ranging from military regalia to musical instruments, Monterey Depot Museum is packed with artifacts that celebrate, document, and preserve the history of the Monterey area.

Local Historian

While the vintage articles are awe-inspiring, many agree the real treasure of the museum is a man, not an item. Local historian Dale Welch (who you will find humming or whistling) is a living encyclopedia of local history, folklore, and legend. He is more than willing to share his knowledge with anyone who visits! Note: Ask him about “Whistlin’ Willie,” the museum ghost!

Model Train

No article about the Monterey Depot Museum would be complete without a mention of its GIANT model train. Greeting visitors as they walk in, the expansive train car route gets set in motion by Monterey Cultural Administrator Rafferty Cleary, all you have to do is ask. Note: kids and model aficionados alike will be enchanted!


No one blog could possibly relay the importance of Monterey Depot Museum. This one building houses a century of history and actively preserves precious cultural treasures of days gone by. It’s a must-see for anyone living in or visiting the Upper Cumberland.

Monterey Depot Museum is located less than three minutes from 1-40 and is open Monday-Friday, from 8 AM-4 PM and Saturday 8 AM-2 PM The friendly staff would love to see you there soon!

To learn more about Monterey and the exciting things happening here, explore our tourism site today! Thanks for reading!