Board Member Honored

Board Member, Jamie Trotter at the McNabb Mine site

Board Member, Jamie Trotter at the McNabb Mine site (Photo Courtesy of the Chattanooga Free Times Press)

“A Chattanooga woman’s work with a North Georgia company to document and preserve a Marion County coal mining ghost town has won recognition from the Tennessee Historical Commission.

Jaime Trotter, a historian with Alexander Archaeological Consultants of Wildwood, Ga., is among 21 people awarded the commission’s 2009 Certificate of Merit.”

-Pam Sohn, Chattanooga Free Press Times

In May 2009, Friends of the Cumberland Trial board member Jaime Woodcock Trotter won recognition from the Tennessee Historical Commission for her National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nomination for the mining town of Shake Rag. The abandoned coal mining community was constructed as part of McNabb Mines around 1882 and is located in present-day Prentice Cooper State Forest in Marion County, not far from Chattanooga and the Cumberland Trail. Jaime and a team of three archaeological surveyors painstakingly marked and photographed every visible aboveground feature in a 457-acre area and created hand-drawn maps of the features, which include the remnants of a hotel, commissary, school, miner housing, rail beds, coke ovens, and other associated buildings and structures. Jaime thoroughly researched deeds, historic newspapers, mining and labor records, court cases, and many other documents in order to interpret and explain the significance of the McNabb Mines site. Impressed by the extraordinarily thorough site documentation, a staff member at the Tennessee Historical Commission nominated Jaime for the Certificate of Merit. McNabb Mines was added to the NRHP in 2008 and is visible from River Canyon Road, about 9.2 miles from the turn off US-27. Though a walk through is not advised due to potentially dangerous conditions, some sandstone building remnants, including the former hotel, school, commissary, and coke ovens, are visible from Mullins Cove Road.

We are very proud to have Jamie Trotter on the Board of the Friends of the Cumberland Trail.

Click here to view the Chattanooga Times Free Press Article

The McNabb Mines in relation to the Cumberland Trail

The McNabb Mines in relation to the Cumberland Trail

Directions to the McNabb Mines

From Nashville, TN
1. Turn left to merge onto I-24 E 76.8 mi
2. Take exit 158 for TN-27 toward Powells Crossroads 0.4 mi
3. Turn left at Baptist Hill Rd/TN-27/Tva Rd

Continue to follow Baptist Hill Rd/TN-27

1.6 mi
4. Slight right to stay on Baptist Hill Rd/TN-27 1.8 mi
5. Turn right at Ebenezer Rd/TN-27 1.4 mi
6. Turn right at Bennetts Lake Rd 1.8 mi
7. Turn left to stay on Bennetts Lake Rd 62 ft
8. Turn right at Mullins Cove Rd 6.7 mi

From Knoxville, TN
1. Continue on I-75 S (signs for I-75/Chattanooga) 83.3 mi
2. Take exit 2 to merge onto I-24 W toward Chattanooga 6.3 mi
3. Take exit 178 for US-27/Market St 0.2 mi
4. Keep left at the fork to continue toward US-27 N 0.2 mi
5. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for US-27 and merge onto US-27 N 4.2 mi
6. Exit onto Signal Mountain Rd/TN-8/US-127 2.0 mi
7. Turn left at Suck Creek Rd/TN-27 4.0 mi
8. Turn left at River Canyon Rd 4.2 mi
9. Continue on Mullins Cove Rd 9.2 mi

From Chattanooga
1. Head southwest on Dodson Ave/TN-17 toward Cheek St 0.8 mi
2. Turn right at Wilcox Blvd 0.9 mi
3. Turn left at Riverside Dr/TN-58 2.3mi
4. Turn left at Chestnut St 0.3mi
5. Turn right at W 4th St 285 ft
6. Take the ramp onto TN-29 N/US-27 N 2.2mi
7. Exit onto Signal Mountain Rd/TN-8/US-127 2.0mi
8. Turn left at Suck Creek Rd/TN-27 4.0mi
9. Turn left at River Canyon Rd 4.2mi
10. Continue on Mullins Cove Rd 9.2mi

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