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Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN 37882
865-448-0044
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Ranked #7 of 19 attractions in Townsend
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums
Owner description: A nonprofit organization formed to preserve and present the heritage of the East Tennessee region. The mission of the Great Smoky Mountain... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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New Port Richey, FL
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61 reviews 61 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Nice little museum. They've got a good video that covers the history of the area, particularly the immediate area around Cades Cove. They've got a lot of nice displays and a village built out back to show what the town would have looked like in the 19th century. Well worth the couple dollars that it costs for admission.

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Carnation WA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

This center has a very informative museum along with a video of the local history and the folks who settled the area. Included with the admission to the museum is an interperative trail where they have preserved many original structures built by the early inhabitants including a stage stop, church, log cabin, saw mill and more.

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Beachwood, New Jersey
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186 reviews 186 reviews
71 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We surprised ourselves by spending 2 hours in here without even realizing it. The posted information was written in a manner which compelled us to read nearly everything. We learned a lot more about this area than we expected to. Definitely a place to go to get away from the Gatlingurg crowds. Don't forget to ask for senior citizen discount.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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135 reviews 135 reviews
56 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Inside there is a transport section, and an anthropological section, detailing the history of the area since primitive times. I watched a video of the Great Smoky Mountains too. But the highlights are the cabins outside in the garden behind the museum, showing how people lived in the 19th century in the Smokey Mountains. There is even an outside toilet... More

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

The Center has some terrific exhibits, both inside and out. In addition, they have a lot of community events tourists can participate in: blue grass concerts on Fridays for example. Outdoor theatre-bench style seating so bring a blanket and snuggle up!

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Crestview, Florida
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90 reviews 90 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

awesome exhibits,wide selection of books..Everything is open here even with the shutdown..come and see this..you will be glad you did!

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Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Indoor and outdoor exhibits provide a historic introduction to life in the Smoky Mountains before the the National Park (which is closed because of the Federal government shutdown). Buildings include cabins that served as homes, farm buildings, and the like, arranged for an easy walking tour. A video enriches the experience. The museum displays artifacts that provide incite into life... More

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Dade City, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Museum is put together nicely. Has a good sprinkling of information on pioneer and Native American life. The one oddball titanic replica is kind of weird. There's a lot of buildings to explore and we wish there was more information in them on various items and mountain life. Would be nice to have someone on the grounds to answer questions.... More

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Plainfield, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

The museum here is well worth it. Lots of info. You can move through at your own pace. Also have old buildings on site.

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

My elderly mother and I went to the Heritage Center by recommendation. When we went in we paid for the museum tour and it started with a movie, I asked for closed captioning. I received two different responses one was "what is that" and the other was "our dvd doesn't allow for that they are old." The woman proceed to... More

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