Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Visitor's Center
Welcome to downtown Middlesboro! We are so excited to have you here! Our rich history dates back to the 1880's when our founder, Alexander Aurthur, took interest in this unique area. Built inside the indention of a meteorite crater, early Middlesboro was called "Little Las Vegas"by some and "The Pittsburg of the South" by many. We are the home to ragtime music and the oldest continuously played golf course in the United States! Sitting at the foothills of both a National and State park, Middlesboro is an outdoorsman's dream. Discover Downtown Middlesboro is a non-profit organization that was established in 2004 with the direct intent to preserve the history of our town and instill the southern charm that comes so naturally with our scenic backdrop. So stop on by and take a look around; Who knows, you just might stay awhile!
The visitor center houses a museum with hands-on exhibits, a book sales outlet, and an auditorium featuring two films.
The Carnegie Library
Now home to the Bell County Historical Society and a collection of historical documents, photographs, and artifacts of the Cumberland Gap area including the adjacent counties of Harlan and Knox Counties.
The Coal House
Built in 1942, this structure is built entirely out of bituminous coal and serves as home to the Bell County Chamber of Commerce while offering an exhibit on coal mining.
Alexander Aurther Museum
While this building was one of the first buildings to be built in Middlesboro, it now houses a display of personal items owned by the founder of Middlesboro, Alexander Arthur, and his family.