Our largest exhibit building is the Hall of Fame—a three-story, antebellum-style structure that has nearly 15,000 square feet of exhibit space. Such a large building was constructed for the purpose of housing personal and interesting relics, which belonged to unusual, outstanding, or interesting persons closely connected with the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Some of the Hall of Fame members are internationally renowned. Others are unknown outside of their respective hollows and communities, although they may be no less outstanding.
An exhibit on Alvin C. York, a pacifist who later became one of the greatest heroes of World War I, includes the machine gun that York captured from the Argonne Forest in 1918. York’s exhibit shares space with that of George Burkhart, a mountain man who raised his family inside of a hollow sycamore tree. This country’s longest-serving Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, is the subject of another exhibit.