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Brick sales to raise funds for Clinchfield Railroad Museum

Representatives from the Clinchfield Railroad Museum are currently selling bricks in memory or in honor of Clinchfield Railroad employees to raise money for the museum.
The polished granite bricks are $100 and will be engraved, bearing the name and title of railroaders who worked in Unicoi County. The bricks will then be placed in an area surrounding the museum, which is expected to open in May, to create an aesthetically pleasing tribute to the county’s railroad past.
According to Martha Erwin, curator of the Unicoi County Heritage Museum, purchasing a brick is a great way to remember or honor loved ones who worked for the Clinchfield Railroad while also supporting a good cause.
“The fundraising will go toward the addition of a model train room,” Erwin said. “The new room will be located in a room currently being used for storage.”
County Commission Chairman Sue Jean Wilson was the first in line to contribute to fundraising efforts by purchasing two bricks – one in honor of her father, Eugene “Pete” Peters, who served as an engineer for the Clinchfield Railroad, and one in memory of her grandfather, T.H. “Tom” Peters, who worked as a powerhouse foreman.
Wilson, who described the bricks as “beautiful,” said she believes it is important to support fundraising efforts surrounding the county’s railroading history.
“It’s an honor (to be the first to purchase a brick),” Wilson said. “This is very important. Our community has been a railroad community for a hundred years. (The railroad) has provided our citizens with a very substantial livelihood, and it has kept the town alive.”
Erwin reported that 43 of the first 50 bricks have already been purchased, adding that she hopes at least some of the bricks will already be in place outside by the time the Clinchfield Railroad Museum opens next month.
The Clinchfield Railroad Museum will showcase the county’s railroading history, featuring items preserved from the days of the Clinchfield Railroad. The museum is located beside the Unicoi County Heritage Museum on the grounds of the Erwin National Fish Hatchery.
To purchase a brick, call Erwin at 743-9449 or 732-8923. Barbara Ollis may also be called at 753-9233.