The Charles Hall Museum, a 501 (3) (c) nonprofit foundation governed by a board of directors, exists to preserve regional, Appalachian, and American history with an emphasis on the Tellico Plains area. Born in Tellico Plains in 1924, Charles has been a local historian since boyhood. Charles served Tellico Plains as mayor for 31 years, as alderman-recorder for two years, as Justice of the Peace for six years, and as a county commissioner for six years. Showcased in two museum buildings are magnificent collections of historical local photos, memorabilia, artifacts, and equipment. Among the items displayed are Native American tools, arrowheads, beads and jewelry, 300 firearms and swords, over 250 antique telephones, coins and currency ranging from the 1/2 cent to the $10,000.00 gold certificate, a 120-piece Confederate money collection that includes the one-cent coin to the $500.00 bill, a moonshine still, local mill stones, a 1934 Plymouth restored automobile, a 22 Model T Ford telephone repair truck, and so much more.
Among the "must see" are the gift shop and the antique shop located in front of the museum buildings that offer a wide selection of souvenirs, t-shirts, collectibles, local crafts, and antiques.