Roane County is home to an Andrew Carnegie library. Andrew Carnegie was a philanthropist who believed in giving to the "industrious and ambitious; not those who need everything done for them, but those who, being most anxious and able to help themselves, deserve and will be benefited by help from others."
Carnegie helped fund more than 3,500 libraries and by the early 20th century, a Carnegie library was often the most imposing structure in many small American communities. Most of the libraries were unique, and this one is no different. Built in 1909, the interior of this century-old Greek Revival building features gilt embossed columns, oak archways, decorative woodwork, and a painting of Carnegie himself.