Charles Hall Museum
& East Tennessee
Telephone Pioneers Museum

229 Cherohala Skyway
Tellico Plains TN 37385
Telephone: 423-253-6767
website: CharlesHallMuseum.com

Charles Hall Museum Tellico Plains Tennessee
Museum Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm;
Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Admission: FREE

Elegant display of photographs, guns, telephone equipment, and many historic artifacts collected by Charles Hall, local historian and former Mayor of Tellico Plains.
Charles Hall Museum in Tellico Plains TN
antique phone company truck
Telephone underground slice
old telephones
The Charles Hall Museum & East Tennessee Telephone Pioneers Museum showcases the extensive collections of Mr. Charles Hall, a native of Tellico Plains, local business leader, and mayor for 31 years. As a boy, Charles developed a fascination for area history, listening to tales told around the old pot-bellied stove at his father's country store, as local men recalled their exploits in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
old historic rifles
old historic photos
Over the years, Charles and his wife Billie Nell amassed an enormous and amazing array of local artifacts, antiques, and historic memorabilia. Creating a museum to showcase their collections was a lifelong dream, and in their retirement the couple has filled two large buildings with stunning displays of guns, coins, tools, furnishings, and numerous treasures of local history. As former owners of the Tellico Telephone Company, the Halls have included hundreds of telephones and related phone company hardware spanning decades, and well as a Model T phone truck and a unique life-size cross-section view of the unground cable vault. Many of the telephone company artifacts on display were donated by the East Tennessee Telephone Pioneers. Showcase after showcase unveils beautifully organized treasures from the past, many used by Tellico Plains residents long ago. Mr. Hall also spent many years collecting old photographs from Tellico Plains, carefully documenting the people, places, and time periods.
telephone insulators
A huge telephone insulator exhibit includes donations from members of the Dixie Jewels Insulator Club
Many of these photos would have been lost forever without his foresight to save them. The museum displays about 1000 of his photos, uniquely preserving the visual history of Tellico Plains, including images such as old street scenes, logging operations from a century ago, mountain wagon trains, long forgotten town merchants, and school photos from years gone by. This museum is truly a labor of love for Mr. Hall, and he offers admission free of charge, for all to enjoy. A percentage of the proceeds from your purchases in the Timeless Treasures museum gift shop and the Treats and Treasures Skyway Antiques shop contribute to the operating cost of the museum. We hope the next time you take a drive on the Cherohala Skyway, you drop in to say hello - perhaps you'll be fortunate enough to find Charles available to talk to you about his collections.

About the Halls...

Charles and Billie Nell Hall have devoted their lives to their community. Charles served as Tellico Plains Mayor for a total of 31 years, two years as alderman-recorder, 12 years as a Justice of Peace and Commissioner. Charles and Billie owned and operated the Tellico Telephone Company from 1954 to 1985. While raising a family of four girls, the couple took part in many community organizations. Charles was a member of the town's fire department for 52 years, organizing and training 11 rural fire departments throughout Monroe County. Charles was named "Monroe County's Most Outstanding Citizen" in 1969. Billie Nell was a member and leader in the Cherokee Women's Study Club, and worked tirelessly to support education, beautification and positive public relations in Tellico Plains. She was also honored as the 1986 Tennessee Mother of the Year. Billie Nell was also involved with Monroe County United Way, Monroe County Tourism Council, the board of directors for Overlook Mental Health Center, and chairperson of the Task Force for Better Schools.

Along with the numerous organizations both have been involved with, Charles and Billie Nell spearheaded many projects that have developed this area. Charles was involved with the Kiwanis Club during the 1958 Wagontrain. The Wagontrain was started to show the need for a road from Tellico Plains, TN, to Robinsville, NC. Charles was either the wagonmaster or chief scout for 49 years. The Cherohala Skyway opened on October 12, 1996. In 1997, the Tennessee State Legislature named the bridge over Laurel Branch on the Cherohala Skyway "The Charles Hall Bridge." Charles also played a leading role in the Tellico Dam construction.

Visit our History page to see historical photos provided by Mr. Charles Hall.






Charles Hall on WBIR-TV



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