It all started when...
The blueprint for The Museum Project began in the fall of 1999 when a group of teachers at Scott High School approached the school administration with the concept of building a history museum on school grounds. What made the request unique was the concept that only student labor would be used, and no school or taxpayer money would be utilized to complete the project. With administrative approval, local fundraising began almost immediately. Several local businesses donated money or supplies, and a local log home manufacturer donated the logs and the training for students to begin the project. The building would be nearly 3,000 square feet with an open cathedral ceiling.
Two groups of students were recruited in their sophomore year to collaborate on the project. The group from the vocational track was responsible for building and completing the physical structure. This included plumbing, wiring, framing, roofing and finishing the building. The other group of students were on the college track, and they researched and gathered artifacts that would make up the various exhibits. Barna Log Homes trained the vocational students in building a log structure. The college-bound students visited various museums including the Tennessean, the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, The Field Museum in Chicago, as well as many others. The goal was to have the project completed by their senior year.
In May of 2003, the first of fourteen buildings were completed and the Museum of Scott County became a reality! Thirteen more buildings have been added to the three and one-half acre complex, including the WWII Memorial Museum, The Learning Lodge Children’s Museum, and a complete frontier village.