In this month’s blog, we revisit a favorite Monterey destination, the Depot Museum!
With train memorabilia, coal mining history, local art, and more, this folksy spot is a
mustfor anyone visiting the Upper Cumberland!

Tragedies, celebrations, gunfights?

All and more are documented at the Depot Museum in down town Monterey,TN.

Directed by Rafferty Clearly (Cultural Administrator for the City of Monterey), this expansive gallery is a folklorist’s dream.

Let’s pull back the curtain and give just enough tease to spark your next adventure!

Raymond Reed


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


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 the Monterey Depot Museum (that’s why we revisit it with a fresh look each year).

This one building houses a century of history and actively preserves precious cultural treasures of days gone by.

Don’t miss your chance to experience all this amazing collection has to offer!

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