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East Tennessee History Center

Address: 601 South Gay Street, P. O. Box 1629, Knoxville, TN
Phone Number: 865-215-8830
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Ranked #4 of 40 Attractions in Knoxville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Cultural
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

If you are looking at the history of not only Knoxville but all of east Tennessee the History Center is a wealth of resources. I found they have a massive Civil War research capability and that a family member fought in the Civil War. I was able to get copies of his records. The visual displays include artifacts and excellent... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We took the family to the history center and were pleasantly surprised at how professional the displays were. A lot of interesting history of East Tennessee.

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Mounds, Oklahoma
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We spent three days here doing family geneolgy and found some amazing family items. We have alot of family history here. We ate at a deli right next door not sure of the name but was very good.

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Vonore, Tennessee
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281 reviews 281 reviews
149 attraction reviews
389 helpful votes 389 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Five of us went on a Thursday morning. There were many school children present, but they did not detract from our enjoyment in the least. The museum overall is quite small, but actually the displays are well-presented and not crowded. It starts with Paleo-Indian history (very few artifacts), covers the Cherokee, British forts, and goes on through revolutionary, civil war,... More

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Olathe, Kansas
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A lot of area history packed into one location. Enjoyed learning about the area factories etc in TN as well as some history of settlers to the area and the impact of the Civil War. We watched the video and saw many sites that we had visited the day before.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

When going to the website, the first set of hours that appear are for the Society, not the museum. We showed up at 3:45 and they were packing up for the day. The museum closes at 4:00, not 5:00. Oh we'll, if there's a next trip, maybe we'll see the museum.

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Alsip, Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The history of TN set up as a timeline. Just go to the left (there wasn't a sign to show which door to go into to start the tour) Lots of memorabilia and good information. A good first stop before the Civil War driving tour.

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Sorrento, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This little museum was very informative about the early life in the Appalachian area of Tennessee. It covered various topics such as children's literature by East Tennessee authors, the Civil War era, early life of the resident Cherokee Indians, and the growth of the area through the years. If you are in the area on business, or pleasure, it is... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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289 reviews 289 reviews
82 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

At an intersection of many restaurants and hotels. this is a peaceful and quiet little park. With art work and lovely landscaping, it is a great place to stop. Whether your stop is for lunch, to read, or just take in the tribute, I would recommend a walk through (or to stay awhile). Also seems to feel safe due to... More

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Atlanta, GA
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Much more history and exhibits here than I imagined. Would highly recommend, if you enjoy history. Even though I had lived in East Tennessee before I learned a lot I did not know.

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