Rolley Hole Marbles

Rolley Hole is a three-hole variety of marbles unique to certain areas of the Tennessee Upper Cumberland region. The game combines elements of golf, croquet and billiards. The game is associated with Clay County, Tennessee, and Monroe County, Kentucky, but it has gained national, even internationl attention.

To learn more about the game, see photos and read stories from a number of publications, please click on the articles below.

It is the goal of the Historic Clay County Courthouse to create a Rolley Hole Museum in the courthouse building. Those who have artiacts or other materials they would like to donate or loan to the museum for display and educational purposes, please contact Thomas Waston, Historic Clay County Courthouse Curator, at historicclaycountycourthouse@gmail.com or 931-243-3464.

Fulcher’s Rolley Hole Marbles

Fulcher’s Rolley Hole Marbles

by Robert J. Fulcher In early spring the ground in Clay County, Tennessee is too wet to plow, and too wet to play marbles. In late fall the frosty nights are too cold for the game, and besides, tobacco is in need of stripping. But on warm, dry evenings between those...

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National Championship

National Championship

This article is reprinted from The Tennessee Arts Commission. The Arts Commission has been a tremendous supporter of the National Rolley Hole Marbles Championship and Festival, providing funding and other support. The Arts Commission also provided funding for this...

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What Does It Take to Be the Rolley Hole Champion?

Atlas Obscura writer MAGGIE GIGANDET published an article in the Nov. 23, 2021, issue that excellently depicts the Rolley Hole Championships. Included are numerous photos. Here's what Maggie wrote: "Cradling his marble, Kenzie Adams knelt in the dirt yard and...

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Dumas Walker’s Store

The Historical Marker Database In 1990, the Kentucky Headhunters, a Southern rock band from Edmonton, Kentucky, scored their second hit, "Dumas Walker,” on the country charts. "Dumas Walker” came from the Headhunters' No. 2 country album, Pickin' on Nashville, and...

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Cherokee Marbles

Cherokee marbles (ᏗᎦᏓᏲᏍᏗ, digadayosdi), or five hole is a traditional game among the Cherokee people of the United States, in which players roll small stone balls between five shallow pits dug into a playing field. Today, the game is commonly played with billiard...

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UCBJ Journal

Standing Stone State Park will host the National Rolley Hole Marbles Championship and Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, drawing some of the country’s best players to Tennessee in what is known as the Super Bowl of marbles. In its 34th year, the event will include...

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Rolley Hole Heaven

AN AGE-OLD GAME OF MARBLES IS STILL THE RAGE IN KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE A line of pickup trucks and an oasis of light glimmering through the darkened trees told Bobby Fulcher that he had found the last surviving marbles yard in Tennessee. Making his way closer, Fulcher...

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Grit

When a mountain shootout occurs in the neighboring counties of Clay in Tennessee and Monroe in Kentucky, women and children don’t run for shelter. Instead, they pull out folding chairs and cool drinks and settle in for a hot game of rolley hole. That’s when the smack...

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Dale Hollow Lake Chamber

The Clay County Partnership Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Clay County. Our purpose is to develop strategies and implement plans to stimulate the economic growth of Clay County. We aim to help the community prosper in all realms...

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River of Song

In early spring the ground in Clay County, Tennessee is too wet to plow, and too wet to play marbles. in late fall the frosty nights are too cold for the game, and besides, tobacco is in need of stripping. But on warm, dry evenings between those seasons you will find...

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Tennessee Encyclopedia

The area along the Kentucky-Tennessee border including Clay County, Tennessee, and Monroe County, Kentucky, maintains a remarkable marble-playing tradition focused on a game known locally as “rolley hole,” “three holes,” or simply “marbles.”   [advanced_iframe...

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Remembering Bud Garrett

Remembering Bud Garrett

  Robert “Bud” Garrett died on November 24,1987. Perhaps appropriately, he suffered a heart attack during his third game of the folk marble game “rolley hole” the day before Thanksgiving. Rolley hole has been a tradition in Garrett’s home of Clay County,...

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Photo of Bud Garrett Making Marbles

Bud Garrett of Free Hill, Tennessee, making marbles at the Rolley Hole Marbles National Championship in Hilham, Tennessee,  Sept. 10, 1985. This event was organized by Bob Fulcher and took place at the Standing Stone State Park. -photos courtesy of Tennessee State...

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Marble Maker & Player

Marble Maker & Player

Robert (Bud) Garrett – 1916-1987 Rolley hole, a marbles game involving teams, is regionally played in the Upper Cumberland River Valley. Garrett was a popularizer of the game and in the 1940’s he invented a marble-making machine. His marbles, while not always...

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Rolley Hole

Rolley Hole

Rolley hole (or rolly hole as it is described in some sources) is a three-hole variety of marbles unique to certain areas of the Upper Cumberland region. The game combines elements of golf, croquet and billiards. The game is not played throughout the entire region....

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