George L. Carter Railroad Museum
The George L. Carter Railroad Museum was established in November 2007 on the campus of East Tennessee State University [ETSU] in Johnson City, TN. Displays at the museum feature a variety of model railroading locomotives, rolling stock, structures, railroad memorabilia, and toy trains. The facility showcases three operating layouts--each designed using different scales--that highlight the role of the railroad industry in Southern Appalachian. Volunteers from the Mountain Empire Model Railroader club operate the museum's model railroads and share information about both model railroading and historic railroads near Johnson City.
Backstory and Context
The museum is dedicated to George L. Carter, Southern industrialist and builder of the Clinchfield Railroad. In 1909, Carter donated his one-hundred-twenty acre farm and $100,000 to the state of Tennessee to ensure the establishment of a normal school/teachers college in Johnson City. This school later developed into ETSU.