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Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

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Address: 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN 37882
Phone Number: 865-448-0044
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: A nonprofit organization formed to preserve and present the heritage of...
A nonprofit organization formed to preserve and present the heritage of the East Tennessee region. The mission of the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center is to preserve, protect and promote the unique history and rich culture of the residents and Native Americans who inhabited the East Tennessee mountain communities that were incorporated into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its surroundings. The Heritage Center is located on a five acre site along state highway 73 in Townsend, Tennessee.
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Awesome place to take Family and friends. Our family has a lot of history in the cove so it was nice to see how well each thing has been preserved and taken care of. Staff is very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Awesome place to take Family and friends. Our family has a lot of history in the cove so it was nice to see how well each thing has been preserved and taken care of. Staff is very friendly the small tour our back is a must for everyone. Inexpensive side attraction well worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We visited this heritage center which has lots of different historical artifacts from the local and surrounding areas. My family and I spent a couple of hours here absorbing the pleasant ambiance of a bygone era. Definitely worth your time if you are interested in history.

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Monroe, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

you may as well call it a visitors center. a few artifacts hardly make this a museum. they sell all the sovenier stuff as well, t-shirts, mugs, artwork etc

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Maryville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

As a local, I have experienced the GSMHC in multiple ways. I have served as a chaperone one my kids school trips. They loved to churn butter and see how life "used to work." I have also attened their many excellent programs including their weekend concerts. Take a visit on your way into or out of GSMNP from Townsend. It's... More 

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Townsend, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

There is a lot of variety in this wonderful museum and entertainment on Friday or Saturday nights in the summer. It is well worth the time and multiple trips to see and learn!! If you have small children, you may want to wait a few years because it is not the kind of place you can just speed through.

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Augusta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I visited this place last summer and forgot to put my review in, we were lucky to come during a native american music festival, it was really nice. The building a here are all original from different parts of the state, it has signs with information of each building. Also inside is a small museum.

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Highland, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This center was very interesting to visit and learn of the culture and history of the times. Display indoors was good, but the outdoor pioneer village was wonderful to see. Very well displayed and a great visual to show how the pioneers in the Great Smokey Mountains area lived.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

The information offered there might have been a bit more interesting if the staff had been a bit more friendly and welcoming. They barely said a word as we entered and it seemed to be a bother that we were there at all. Will not be back

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Zanesville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The Heritage Center was filled with information about the history of the area; we spent over an hour at the center. There were historic buildings outside that allowed you to see how the settlers of the Smokies lived. The indoor exhibits did as well plus there were exhibits of the Native Americans who had lived in the area. It was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Dedicate an hour or two to enjoy this center, complete with indoor museum with a great variety of interesting items and history. And then stroll outside past flowers and historic buildings including a lovely church. If you're lucky you'll time your visit just right to catch an outdoor event such as the native flute festival. Well worth the miniscule admission.... More 

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Additional Information about Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

Address: 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN 37882
Phone Number: 865-448-0044
Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Townsend
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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