Journey to the Past
Historic Stearns
McCreary County Museum
Train Depot
Sep 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM
Big South Fork Scenic Railway
Stearns, KY
Ticket sales ended Sep 21, 2019 11:30 AM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
Hop aboard Big South Fork Scenic Railway and join us for a journey into the past. Take this 3 hour round trip adventure on the historic Kentucky & Tennessee Railway line for an exciting return to Barthell Coal Camp, where the Stearns Company’s first load of coal was produced in 1903, paving the way to Stearns earning the moniker “Empire of the South.” Painstakingly restored by the Koger Family , Barthell hospitably opens the doors to 1910 and Edwardian life in the foothills of the Cumberland Plateau, the southernmost portion of the Appalachians. Follow along with breathtaking views of the Daniel Boone National Forest and the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, enjoy wide open vistas, roaring rivers, and the history and charm of the American South.

Additional Barthell tours can be added to this adventure, but are limited in number. Please see additional ticket products for guided tours of Mine 1 and the town of Barthell.
Train Ride
Historic Stearns | 11:00 AM
The Histroic District is offically listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has a variety of gift and craft shops to help you find that special gift. more >>>
Train ticket also includes visitation to the McCreary County Museum which is located in the 1907 Stearns Coal & Lumber Company office building. Check the Museum's hours of operation to plan your visit before or after the train ride. more >>>
Train Depot | 11:00 AM
Boarding begins approximately 15 to 20 minutes prior to departure time.
Senior Adult
Coal Miners Lunch
Active Duty Military
Hour 1 Mine Tour - ADD ON ONLY
Hour 2 Mine Tour - ADD ON ONLY
Town Tour - ADD ON ONLY