Briceville United Methodist Community Church

Address: 220 Fourth St. Briceville, TN 37710
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Built in 1888 by Welsh coal miners, this church features two steeples and two entrances. Reportedly, the congregation broke into two opposing factions; each preferred to enter and be seated on its own side of the church during worship. This church played an important role in the community during the early 1900s, providing support and comfort for residents devastated by mining tragedies and serving as a temporary jail during the Coal Creek War. Ironically perched on land donated by Coal Creek Mining and Manufacturing Company, its cemetery looks out over the Coal Creek Valley area, and includes the burial sites of the miners who died in the Fraterville and Cross Mountain mining disasters. The church has not had a congregation in many years, but is still used for special events.

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Subregion: East Tennessee